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Hop on a ferry to view the impressive Maori Rock Carvings, a collection of individual carvings into the rock face of Mine Bay standing over 10 m (33 ft) high, a gift to the town of Taupo. The work of master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell and Jonathan Randell and completed in the 1970s, each carving is unique unto itself, with its own story, meaning, and significance. The carvings can only been seen by water, so opt to take a guided boat tour or get a closer look with a guided kayaking tour. The more comfortable option of the two is the ferryboat, where visitors can sit back and relax while munching on snacks and listening to the informative guides. Make Maori Rock Carvings part of your personalized Taupo itinerary using our Taupo trip itinerary builder app .
Maori Rock Carvings Reviews
We went to see the carving but it was really more about the cruise. The carvings are interesting but you can only take a few photos then return back across the lake. Staff were friendly. more »
What an amazing way to spend a summers evening. Everything was perfect. Weather was great. Crew were informative. more »
Amazing and impressive... and the quick excursion by boat with Ernest (old steam boat) was a fun experience.
Very impressive modern day rock carvings. The artist dedicated it to his Maori grandparents. You can only get there by boat, plenty of tour operators can be found at Taupo harbour. The (huge) Lake can be rough sometimes, you might want to drink a ginger beer in order to calm your stomach before you board a vessel.
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