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Eco Sail Barbary to the Carvings

10.30am/2.00pm sailing: 

Your 2.5 hour cruise includes: 

  • Complimentary tea, coffee, green tea, hot water and milo (kiwi hot chocolate) 
  • A Sail Barbary postcard
  • You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared Food and Beverages (R18 for alcohol)

5.00pm / 7.30pm sailing (summer only): 

Your 2.5 hour cruise includes: 

  • Buffet-style pizza selection*
  • A glass of wine/beer or soft drink
  • A Sail Barbary postcard
  • You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared Food and Beverages (R18 for alcohol)

*Note – There will be a selection of Vegetarian pizza included. We cannot cater to all dietary requirements - if you have a specific dietary requirement you are welcome to BYO (Bring Your Own) food with you. 


Looking for a unique experience? How about a Kiwi sailing cruise on board Sail Barbarys vintage sailing yacht! New Zealand's only commerically operated electric yacht - this is a Taupo experience you won’t find anywhere else!  Sail across Great Lake Taupo to the renowned Maori Rock Carvings.

Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves (if invited) and take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. 2.5 hours is the perfect time to completely relax and enjoy yourself.

Cruise Lake Taupo in comfort and view the iconic 14 metre high Maori Rock Carvings, only accessible by boat. You can even B.Y.O (Bring Your Own) picnic, snacks and beverages if you'd like. All scheduled cruises include a Free beverage and a Sail Barbary postcard

We're equipped for all conditions. If the wind dies down, Sail Barbary's quiet, eco-friendly electric engine kicks in. But if you prefer a real sailing adventure, then come aboard when the wind is up and enjoy sailing without salty sea spray and noisy outboard motors. 

Barbary offers a perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price. Our skipper and crew will make your sailing trip enjoyable and memorable aboard the vessel that has proudly entertained locals and visitors to the region for three decades.

o A top rated Taupo Activity on TripAdvisor
o Relax and enjoy sailing at its best (and quietest!) on New Zealand's only two commercially operated electric yachts
o Qualmark Gold Endorsed Visitor Activity & Enviro Gold Award
o Eco-friendly! - no fumes, no noise, zero emissions
o Sailing to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1982
o Beautifully refurbished vintage yacht
o Unique Kiwi cruise at budget prices!
o B.Y.O. for food and beverages
o Fun in any season 

An ethical travel choice

o Friendly Skipper
o Luxury beanbag-style seating
o Eco-friendly quiet electric engine
o Bathroom facilities
o Comfortable interior seating
o Music sound system
o Warm ponchos


1 day

    • Complimentary drink on board
    • A Sail Barbary post card
    • BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared food & beverages (R18 for alcohol)
  • Day 1 : 2.5hour Sail Barbary Maori Rock Carvings Cruise
    Tour Highlights: 2.5hours on the beautiful clear waters of Lake Taupo. See the 14-meter tall world-renowned Maori Rock Carvings, swim, relax and enjoy breath-taking scenery. Sailing is at its best and quietest on New Zealands only electric powered eco-friendly yachts. No noise and no diesel fumes. Includes a drink and a Sail Barbary postcard.
    Meals :None

  • Departs: Daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, 5:00pm and 7.30pm *(7.30pm summer only). Passengers are to present at Barbary 15 minutes prior to cruise departure.  We cannot hold the boat if you are late.

    Trip Duration: 2.5 hours

    Location: Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street, Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo. 

    The Taupo Boat Harbour is within easy walking distance to the CBD, bus stop and all Taupo Hostels, with free all-day car parking available. 

    Barbary sails every day of the year except Christmas Day. 



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Organised by Sail Barbary Ltd

Activity ID: W-8715

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