Berth 2, Taupo Harbour    +64 21 669 139 

Ernest Kemp Cruises are actively following advice from authorities regarding COVID-19. Our health, hygiene and cleanliness practices are always of a high standard, however given the current situation of Coronavirus, we have implemented further measures including:

  • Hospital grade antibacterial spray used in between trips on high traffic areas (door handles, handrails, bathrooms, tabletops and chairs)
  • Alcohol swabs to wipe down EFTPOS machines and booking areas
  • Antibacterial hand sanitiser available for customer use, along with sterile gloves
  • Implementation of single server table service by our crew for drinks
  • Limiting passenger numbers on cruises to allow additional personal space
  • Contact Tracing System in place
  • Floor markers at the boarding area to ensure separation

Maori Rock Carvings - 2hr

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Towering 14 metres above the waters of Lake Taupo, the Maori Rock Carvings have become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the North Island of New Zealand.

Taking four years to sculpt, the spectacular carving was completed in 1980 and has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people since. The lead carver, Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, led a team of four artists, who, wearing nothing but safety goggles and speedos, carved out the rock alcove at Mine Bay to create the carvings.

Two smaller figures of Celtic design, which depict the south wind and a mermaid, have also been carved at the base of the rock face to represent the cultural diversity of New Zealand.


2 Hours

Adult $35
Child $15
Infant $0


  • Live informative commentary
  • Colour brochure of history & meaning of Maori Rock Carvings
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and cookies
  • Comfortable seating both inside and out
  • Free postcard
  • Free WiFi
  • Children visit the skipper and receive a Wheel Certificate
  • Swimming if conditions allow (bring a towel)