Ernest Kemp Cruises on Lake Taupo

Ernest Kemp Cruises

Take a relaxing boat trip aboard Ernest Kemp. One of the world’s largest freshwater volcanic craters, Lake Taupō is home to the famous Māori Rock Carvings, only accessible by boat. With comfortable seating inside and out, be sure to have your camera ready, and enjoy New Zealand's largest lake and this piece of incredible Māori art on our replica steamboat.


  • Māori Rock Carvings

  • Lake Taupō

  • Feed the friendly ducks

  • Steer the wheel

  • Hot water beach


Full Description

Daily scenic cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings onboard the Ernest Kemp, a replica steamboat.

Ernest Kemp cruises daily all year round - four times during summer and twice in winter. Enjoy stunning Lake Taupo and the carvings on this 2 hour cruise.

Cruise with the unique vessel Ernest Kemp to the magnificent Maori Rock Carvings! The carvings are only accessible by water. Ernest Kemp gets you up close for great photo opportunities. Cruise by beautiful native tree-lined bays with snow-capped mountains in the background while our experienced skippers tell you about the local history.

Ernest Kemp has comfortable seating both inside and out, suitable for cruising in all weather conditions. Complimentary WiFi, postcard, hot drinks and cookies provided and we have a fully licensed bar. Bathroom facilities are available on board.

Well-behaved dogs are always welcome!


Free postcard

Free WiFi

Complimentary tea, coffee, and cookies

Live informative commentary


Meeting Point

Please report to the harbour booking office at 65 Redoubt Street, minimum 15 mins before your cruise is scheduled to depart, to collect your boarding pass.

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 48 hours before activity starts.

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NZ$ 35

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All bookings require a current COVID-19 Vaccine Pass to be shown on the day (for ages 12yrs 3mths and above)

Maori Rock Carvings 2hr Cruise

Towering 14 metres above the waters of Lake Taupo, the Maori Rock Carvings have become one of the biggest tourist attrac...Show More
Adult: $35
(15+ years)
Child: $10
(5 - 15 years)
Not suitable for Infants.
Duration: 2 Hours

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