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Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

Join us for a relaxing cruise along the magnificent Lake Taupo aboard The Ernest Kemp, a beautiful vintage replica steamboat!


  • Experience an amazing two hour cruise along the spectacular Lake Taupo!
  • Enjoy your cruise in a beautiful vintage replica steam boat
  • Visit the famous Maori Rock Carvings
  • Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and cookies!

Lake Taupo, one of the largest freshwater volcanic craters in the world, is home to the famous Maori Rock Carvings.

Only accessible by boat, we will get you the closest to these incredible 10 metre high carvings which tower high over New Zealand’s largest lake.

Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the area from your skippers interesting and informative commentary.

With comfortable seating both inside and out, bathroom facilities and a licensed bar, we’ll ensure your cruise on the Ernest Kemp will be warm and comfortable.

Your skipper even welcomes you to join him in the wheelhouse and take a turn at the wheel!

The Ernest Kemp cruise is an enjoyable outing and a great way to see the Maori Rock Carvings and to get out onto Lake Taupo.

Cruise Duration:

10:30am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm = 2 hour (approx).

12:30pm = 1.5 hour (approx).

Adult $45.00 (10:30AM, 2PM, 5PM & 7PM Departures)
Adult $35.00 (12:30PM Departure)
Child $15.00 (5-15 yrs old)

What's included

  • Informative commentary
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and cookies
  • On the 5pm cruise enjoy a complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks
  • On the 7pm sunset cruise enjoy complimentary wine & beer
  • 2 hour cruise on 10:30am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm departures
  • 1.5 hour cruise on 12:30pm departure


  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience


  • Berth #2, Taupo Marina, Redoubt Street.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Please Note: Children under 5 years old go free. If you are travelling with a child under 5 years you must add them to your booking on the way through checkout.

    Important: Cancellations made within 24 hours will receive no refund. Tickets are non-transferable and are unable to be rescheduled. Please ensure you book the correct departure time.

    Upon arrival: Please report to the black boat harbour booking office at Berth #2, Taupo Marina, Redoubt Street., minimum 15 mins before your cruise is scheduled to depart, to collect your boarding pass.

Available Bookings from October 17 to October 23

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sun 17 Oct
Mon 18 Oct
Tue 19 Oct
Wed 20 Oct
Thu 21 Oct
Fri 22 Oct
Sat 23 Oct

  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$10.00

  • Adult$22.50
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  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$10.00

  • Adult$20.00
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  • Adult$25.00
  • Child$10.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Tanya Tapatuetoa from New Zealand wrote on 24 July 2020

Rocky at first, smooth sailing back!

Great Skippers, one of which was a woman who prepared us by giving us the option to pull out and reschedule as it will be a rocky trip there due to the whether. We still went and it was a wonderful, fun and rocky experience but smooth sailing back. She went out of her way to explain how the boat works, it’s history, dynamics and even offered us blankets, towels from a few splashes and was very welcoming. The ride was fantastic and we all had a great time. A must do in Taupo

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Awesome feedback Tanya, great to hear our valued customers are having fun out there! We are very proud of our little team, their skill and experience on the water and connecting with our guests makes it one exceptional experience. I am glad you had such a great time. Thank you very much for the recommendation!

melodyg1 from New Zealand wrote on 18 July 2020

Amazing cruise

The trip was memorable with the whole family on board and of course with the amazing staff on board too.

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Awesome photo Melody, I am glad to hear your family had a wonderful time cruising with us. I am sure your time spent onboard with family was treasured. We appreciate the great review, Thank you :)

himanshug from New Zealand wrote on 17 July 2020

7 star


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Love the photos Himanshu! Great to see your family had an excellent time! Thank you very much for joining us :)

gordonc2 from New Zealand wrote on 05 June 2021

A great trip

An amazing experience and it definitely worth to try. The time on the boat is long enough for you to enjoy everything. The cookies is yummy !

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You picked a good day for a Lake cruise! So pleased to hear you both had a lovely experience, thank you very much for choosing Ernest Kemp Cruises :)

Farah from New Zealand wrote on 19 July 2020

Great experience

It was great experience, the crew was supportive.

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Thank you Farah, it was our pleasure to have you cruising with us!


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