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Visiting the Maori Rock Carvings in Taupo

Want to visit the Maori Rock Carvings on lake Taupo? Then read on to hear about our lovely experience sailing across this huge lake to some wonderfully crafted rock carvings.

If you’re looking for things to do in Taupo, or things to do when you’re in Waikato you can’t go wrong with a pleasant sail across Lake Taupo to the Maori Rock carvings. We sailed with Dave from Taupo Sailing Adventures and jumped aboard The Fearless for our visit to the Maori Rock Carvings.

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Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo
Sail Fearless – Part of Taupo Sailing Adventures

What Are The Maori Rock Carvings?

The carvings were completed in 1980 by a Marae taught carver called Matahi Brightwell and his team of artists. Wearing nothing but safety goggles and speedos these artists hand carved the rock for 4 years using chalk lines, spray paint and chisels.

The Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings came about when Matahi Brightwell paddled past the rock face back in 1976 and had a vision of a tattooed face after his grandmother asked him to create a likeness of her ancestor Ngatoroirangi on a Totara tree.

Maori Rock Carvings
Maori Rock Carvings | Lake Taupo

How To Visit The Maori Rock Carvings

If you’ve never been to Taupo we recommend staying a few days and seeing what the town and area have to offer. To visit the Maori Rock Carvings we recommend chartering a boat such as The Fearless, or kayaking, paddle boarding or sailing round to Mine Bay on Lake Taupo yourself. Although people have swam to the Maori Rock Carvings we do not recommend it as it’s a long journey and can put you in danger.

There is so much more to do in Taupo so if you’re looking for more inspiration to visit this great town check out Love Taupo to see everything that’s going on in and around the area.

If you’d like to know more or you’d like to work with us on future adventures Contact Us today.

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