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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  • August 14, 2017
    We went with Scenic Cruise to check out the Maori carvings. The boat was great because you could huddle indoors when it got too windy or cold, and the crew was really friendly.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We took a boat tour of the lake which included visiting the carvings. They were much bigger than I thought they would be and , as we had a guide, we got a good explanation of the different shapes etc....  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    You can visit this site only from the water. It is recent but, nevertheless, the boat ride there worth.
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