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Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing on Lake Taupo

Rated 4.75 out of 5 from 16 reviews.Taupo, New Zealand

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Experience hosted by Tiffany

2.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

• We invite you to make yourself at home on our lovingly restored classic white electric yachts. Our skipper will make your sailing trip one to remember aboard the vessel that has proudly entertained many visitors to the region since 1982.
• We leave the marina at the beginning of the mighty Waikato River and work our way along the bays of Great Lake Taupo with an informative and interesting short history of the area, it’s volcanic nature and settlement.
• Sit back and relax in comfortable seating on our spacious deck as we round the point to the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings.
• Sail Barbary takes you right up close for the perfect shot of the 14-metre high rock art. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s instagram moments on this tour of cultural significance.
• Soak up the warm sun or go for a swim before you enjoy free refreshments at the Rock Carvings.
• As we depart from the carvings, roll up your sleeves, as you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view.
• We’re equipped for all conditions, including awesome warm ponchos.
• If the wind dies down, Sail Barbary’s quiet, eco-friendly electric engine kicks in. We have NZ’s only two commercially operated electric yachts.
• We work our way back across Taupo Bay to the marina with stunning views of mountains, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.
• We invite you to make yourself at home on our lovingly restored classic white electric yachts. Our skipper will make your sailing trip one to remember aboard the vessel that has proudly entertained many visitors to the region since 1982.
• We leave the marina at the beginning of the mighty Waikato River and work our way along the bays of Great Lake Taupo with an informative and interesting short history of the area, it’s volcanic nature an…

Tiffany's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Our day trips offer complimentary tea, coffee or soda in the summer.
    ...
  • Equipment
    We have toasty warm ponchos to keep you dry and warm.
From ₹2,494
/ person
Thu, 29 Oct
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹2,494 per person
₹2,494 per person
Fri, 30 Oct
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹2,494 per person
₹2,494 per person
Sun, 1 Nov
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹2,494 per person
₹2,494 per person

Meet your host, Tiffany

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 16 Reviews
  • Identity verified
We are a family business with Peter sailing the yacht and Tiffany in the office taking bookings and organising anything else to do with Barbary.
Whilst we are new to the business of sailing we have owned and operated small businesses for many years and enjoy working with people. Sailing is a passion.
Peter is very passionate about passing on information about our eco friendly yachts, Lake Taupo and our local cultural heritage.
Peter is a fully qualified skipper. Skipper Restricted Limits ( with passenger endorsement) licence and a Level 2 First Aid Qualification.
Tiffany's past experiences as a qualified teacher and then work within the business sector for a number of years means she is a good communicator and used to organising people and an office.
We are a family business with Peter sailing the yacht and Tiffany in the office taking bookings and organising anything else to do with Barbary.
Whilst we are new to the business of sailing we have owned and operated small businesses for many years and enjoy working with people. Sailing is a passion.
Peter is very passionate about passing on information about our eco friendly yachts, Lake Taupo and our local cultural heritage.
Peter is a fully qualified skipper. Skipper Restrict…
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Where you'll be

We sail out to Whakamoenga Point to see the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. They are only accessible by water. Sail Barbary takes you right up close to the face of Ngatoroirangi for the perfect photo of the 14-metre high rock art. The main carving is the face of an 800 year old ancestor. It is surrounded by smaller sculptures depicting ancestors and kaitiaki (guardians). While it was carved in 1981 the designs used are ancient.

Rated 4.75 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Mithilesh
September 2020
My first time in a yacht couldn’t have been better. Amazing story telling and great insights about Lake Taupo made it a very informative as well as a fun session.
Mike
September 2020
Great value for money. Good communication from both Tiffany emails and Peter on board the yacht. Good knowledge shared of the regions history of the area and Lake. Cheers Mike
Jodi
March 2020
The property had a fantastic view of the lake that we all loved! Everything that we needed was available. There was plenty of space in the house for 5 adults to move around and relax. The location was super!
Tanya
February 2020
What a unique way to experience Lake Taupo! Couldn’t have picked a better adventure... my mother was a little hesitant at first, but once she experienced it, she can’t stop taking about how much she enjoyed it. Great views & pictures (my friends are jealous!), people and vessel. A must-do!!!
What a unique way to experience Lake Taupo! Couldn’t have picked a better adventure... my mother was a little hesitant at first, but once she experienced it, she can’t stop taking…
Margo
February 2020
Chris, the captain was great. He kept everyone on the boat laughing as he shared stories of the area. Mike, his assistant was friendly and eager to answer any questions we had. We would highly recommend this experience. You definitely get your money’s worth. (Just Chris’ sense of humor alone, makes it worth it)
Chris, the captain was great. He kept everyone on the boat laughing as he shared stories of the area. Mike, his assistant was friendly and eager to answer any questions we had.…
Randi
February 2020
Nice excursions. Chris and Matt were great. Chris had very funny stories. It wasn't very windy so we didn't really sail but used the electric motor

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Activity advisory

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Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Cancellations by the client with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full charge. Barbary reserves the right to cancel or amend a cruise due to operational, lake or weather conditions, or other circumstances beyond our control. A refund will be given if necessary.

What to bring

Dress casual, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, swimsuit, towel, practical footwear, camera (summer)

Dress casual, warm clothing, hat, scarf, gloves, jacket, camera (winter)