Daily Scenic Lake Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings

Visiting the famous Maori Rock Carvings on Mine Bay is one of the must do activities when you are in the Great Lake Taupo region. The Carvings are only accessible by water and Chris Jolly Outdoors’ scenic lake cruises on our modern spacious Cruise Cat catamaran would be the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the Carvings. Come on board with us to take in the picturesque secluded bays of Lake Taupo and the spectacular snow capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Our trips are perfect for families with heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Scenic Cruise departure times :

Departs daily from Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour. Please arrive 15 mins before your departure time.

Family Special
We’ve got a great family summer special going on for our daily departing 10.30AM and 1.30PM Lake Taupo scenic cruise trips to the Maori Rock Carvings – only $99 for 2 adults and 2 children (5-17yrs). Normally $128 – that’s a saving of up to $29!

Here are more reasons to come on board with us :

  • Cruise Cat is fully enclosed and heated, offering you the most warm and comfortable option.
  • We get you to the Maori Rock Carvings in the quickest time at only 1.5 hours.
  • Free Wifi on board so you can continue posting your amazing adventures.
  • We keep your kids occupied! They can earn a Skipper Certificate for ‘driving’ the boat, colour in a trout, learn fun facts about the lake and the ultimate highlight – feed some ducks from the top deck of the boat.
  • All our boats are smoke free for the comfort of all our guests.
  • Lots of space for moving around. Wheelchair and push chair /stroller friendly. Wheelchair access is dependant on wheelchair size and weight. Please contact the booking office when booking to ensure your wheelchair is suitable as it is determined by Lake levels. Note that wheelchair access is not available for the toilets.
  • Our large outdoor deck allows you to enjoy close up views of the Maori Rock Carvings.
  • Enjoy our famous freshly baked muffin and a hot cuppa on us.
  • Licensed bar and snacks available for purchase on board. Enjoy a glass as you relax and cruise with your loved ones.

Chris Jolly Outdoors is a family owned local business and we have been operating for over 35 years, so you’re in the hands of the experienced professionals when you book with us.

Escape… Explore… Experience...

It was our first time out on Lake Taupo and I think this is by far the best way to get to the Maori Rock Carvings and explore the lake. The scenery is amazing, especially the snow capped Tongariro mountains as the perfect backdrop. We were so amazed at the intricacy of the Maori carvings. The highlight for the kids was feeding the ducks by hand from the top deck of the boat. They couldn't stop buzzing about it! A highly recommended trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors.

Angel Hudson

I would like to extend our gratitude to Simon, Ali, Emma and of course Charlie Brown for providing a fantastic day on board 'Supercat' yesterday. The Taupo staff fishing trip is a highlight in our calendar this year. The Claybird shooting, fishing and the dinner was fantastically organised and appreciated by all and we landed two Rainbow trout!

Neill Ross

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you and your fine team for looking after our team. We all very much enjoyed our cruise and I might add the weather that day certainly enhanced the overall experience! It was very good to cruise aboard Waianiwa again and I have to say she is a grand cruiser! We will keep in touch and look forward to working together again.

Patrick Bourke,