Maori Rock Carvings, Taupo

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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  • The carvings are interesting but to see them you need to have a boat or book a tour and the cvost of the tour and time spent is notg really worth it. If you had you own boat and were out on the water ...  more »
  • We take every visitor to this site on our own boat and there hasn't been one person who hasn't been impresses by them  more »
  • An hour and a half boat ride from the ferry. Great scenic view of the lake and its surroundings. The carvings were awesome. Props to the student who did it 40 years ago. Be sure to check the side as w...  more »