Great Lake Taupo Scenic Cruises

It wouldn’t be a trip to Great Lake Taupo without some exploring on the lake or along the mighty Waikato River. A scenic cruise is the perfect way to enjoy the water and Taupo’s stunning vistas.

Spot hidden bays as you glide across crystal clear water on your way out to the famous Maori Carvings at Mine Bay, an impressive ten metres high and only accessible by boat, or cruise up the Waikato River to view the Huka Falls from the water.

There are plenty of different companies at the Taupo boat harbour who offer cruising on the lake. Go sailing on the Barbary or Fearless, or motor along on the Ernest Kemp or with Chris Jolly Outdoors, or alternatively hire a Taupo charter boat.

Relax with a drink while you enjoy the scenery and if you’re here during the warmer months be sure to take your togs for a dip over the side of the boat. Sunset cruises are an amazing experience, kick back with a glass of wine, watch the sun sink over the horizon and listen to the water lap against the side of the boat.


  • Fearless - Sail Lake Taupo

    "Be Fearless" and take an amazing sailing trip on Great Lake Taupo, sailing to the Maori Rock carvings. It's a great affordable and family friendly cruise.

    • Price $30 - $39
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Family Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruises
  • Huka Falls River Cruise

    Waikato river cruise to the Huka Falls. Experience awesome views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) from our purpose built riverboat, with comfortable inside seating, large rear deck and front viewing platform.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Boat Cruises Scenic Cruises Taupo Rainy Days
  • Ranui Charters : Lake Taupo Day Out

    Build your ultimate Lake Taupo adventure with Ranui. Relax, unwind and enjoy a day of fun and adventure on the water. Cruise, fish, relax, play – design it your way!

    • Price $35 - $300
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Boat Hire & Charter Scenic Cruises
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