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. Make Maori Rock Carvings part of your personalized Taupo itinerary using our Taupo trip itinerary builder app .
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  • My tour group went on a cruise and stopped off here. It was unexpected to come across the face in a cliff side on a lake so large. The boat staff informed us it took 4 years to create and what the fac...  more »
  • We took an evening trip on the Ernest Kemp Paddle Steamer and part of this trip included visiting the Rock Carvings...WOW! What an incredible experience which we were able to share with our Irish rela...  more »
  • Viewing the Maori rock carvings is just something that visitors have to do. After all, they are NZ history. And it was a very enjoyable afternoon sailing the lake to view them in the sunshine.  more »

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