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.


  • 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
  • Fearless - Sail Lake Taupo

    Take an amazing sailing trip on Lake Taupo with Fearless Yacht, sailing to the Maori Rock carvings. It's a great affordable and family friendly boat cruise.

    • Price $35 - $35
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Family Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruises
  • Sail Barbary - Lake Taupo

    If you love adventure, thrive on relaxing and taking in breath taking scenery, sharing laughs with fellow travelers, then you are going to love your time aboard the ‘Barbary’. We don’t promise the best cruise on Lake Taupo – we deliver it!


    • Price $35 - $44
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Boat Hire & Charter Boy's Weekend Family Girl's Weekend Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruises Taupo Rainy Days