Maori Rock Carvings, Taupo

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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. Our Taupo vacation builder makes visiting Maori Rock Carvings and other Taupo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Can only be seen by boat. Really interesting and as you look closer you see lots of smaller carvings. Unless you are a skilled boatie or kayaker I reccomend going with a tour operator. Fitter people c...  more »
  • You can reach this popular spot by going on the boat trips or by kayaking (you have to be fit though as it is approx half day trip if you paddle). The carvings are actually very beautiful and you will...  more »
  • The rock carvings are not ancient Maori rock carvings but a modern art instalment well worth a visit. They are only accessible by water so booking a scenic boat tour is the only way to see these carvi...  more »