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Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

Step aboard and join us for a sail on New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht–zero emissions, no noise or fumes


  • NZ’s only commercially operated electric – zero emissions. Silently cruise or sail
  • Help the captain by taking the wheel, or helping to hoist the sails
  • Soak up stunning scenic views and enjoy a refreshing swim
  • Learn about the ecology and the cultural history of the carvings
  • BYO or purchase refreshments on-board

As we silently cruise out to the carvings on crystal clear water you will be able to view the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your seat.

Our experienced skippers will inform you about the ecological, historical, spiritual and cultural significance of the area as you sail out to the 14-metre high Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay. These carvings are only accessible by water. Sail barbary will take you right up close for the perfect photo of Ngatororangi carved into the rock face.

On the trip home, you can jump into the deep blue freshwater lake for a swim or your captain will gladly show you the ropes and you can help hoist the sails or even take a turn at the wheel!

To top it all off, we are licensed or you can BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi.

Reduce your travel miles and make the ethical choice to experience eco-travel at its best. We're equipped for all conditions so you can enjoy sailing at its best. Sail Barbary - We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!


10.30am and 2.00pm Departures:Your 2.5 hour cruise includes a complimentary beverage and a Sail Barbary Postcard.

5.00pm Departure (summer only):Your 2.5 hour evening cruise includes a glass of Wine/Beer or Soft Drink, and a Sail Barbary Postcard. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared Food & Beverages (R18 for alcohol).

Please be at the boat 15 minutes before we sail.

*Please Note:There must be 1 Adult ticket purchased for every 2 Child tickets for safety reasons.

Adult $49.00
Child $29.00
Adult- Evening $50.00 (5.00pm + 7:30pm departures)
Child- Evening $29.00 (5.00pm + 7:30pm departures)


  • Meeting Point: We are located at Berth 9 &10, Redoubt St, Taupo Boat Harbour. You can access the Boat Harbour from Ferry Road (off Lake Terrace) or Redoubt Street. Free parking and public toilets are available at the Boat harbour.


  • ***Important Information***When purchasing a child's ticket please include the ages of all children in the notes section.

    Proof of age may be requested upon check-in at the skipper's discretion.

    We reserve the right to transfer passengers to an alternative boat should weather conditions or other circumstances require it.

    This will not alter the tour route or inclusions - only the boat will change.

    Cancellations by the customer with less than 24hours notice will not be refunded.Tickets are non-transferable - please check your departure time and date are correct before proceeding to check out. All departures are subject to demand, minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions.

  • Children Age 15 years and under (including infants).

Available Bookings from June 18 to June 24

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  • Adult$34.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.00

  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$29.00

  • Adult$34.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.00

  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$29.00

  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$29.00

  • Adult$34.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.00

  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$29.00

  • Adult$34.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Timaru Wolfgramm from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020


Loved the tour, was a beautiful day. My children thoroughly enjoyed their time being on the boat. Absolutely enjoyed the sail

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Vida Papas from New Zealand wrote on 08 April 2021

Sail Barbary II voyage taken 10.30am Wed 7/03/21

Our skipper Chris was friendly and extremely entertaining ... exactly the kind of personality one needs in his roll in tourism. Really enjoyed our little voyage on the Sail Barbary II. Informative and interesting.

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hongl1 from New Zealand wrote on 19 July 2020

Great experience

Nice chill experience:). Should come on summer again:)

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Prakash from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2020

Fantastic Eco Yacht Experience

It started on time, the guide was very friendly and explained us the importance of the place. I suggest everyone to experience it. Thanks

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williaml4 from New Zealand wrote on 20 May 2021

Taupo Maori Carvings Cruise

What an awesome experience and 5 star treatment. Chris, our skipper was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. He provided commentary regarding the local area of Taupo and the Maori carvings which was very interesting and informative. We also had plenty of time to explore the ship and the kids got to help steer the ship!

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      Adult- Evening 5.00pm + 7:30pm departures

        Child- Evening 5.00pm + 7:30pm departures

          *This option must be made together with another price type.

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