Join us on a sustainable sailing tour to the hidden wonders of the Western Bays

Western Bays – Hidden Wonders Half Day Tour

Be one of the first to explore the remote Western Bays of Lake Taupo on a classical sailing boat.
This intimate day cruise with a maximum of 8 passengers offers you a place to relax and clear your thoughts, away from the buzz of normal life. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spacious deck and superior comfort of our boat Kindred Spirit or find the adventurer in you, discovering unique views of places just accessible by boat.

For the half day tour you will depart from Taupo Boat Harbor, joining Taupo Taxicat Adventures for a water taxi ride. In just 40min it will get you all the way across to the Western Bays of Lake Taupo. Arriving in the Western Bays you will join us on our sailing boat Kindred Spirit for a marvelous tour through the Western Bays.

Depending on the weather we will find the best course in the Western Bays, choosing from different highlights like Kawakawa Bay, Waihora Bay with the Otupoto Falls, Te Papa Bay with its crystal clear waters and Te Awaroa Bay, Rangiora Point in Whanganui Bay, the hidden Cherry Bay and the breathtaking Karangahape Cliffs, creating an exclusive trip for you. While cruising along you can enjoy a refreshing drink and a lunch snack.

After about 2 hours we will set sails, making the most of the lake breeze to find our way home. You can give the crew a hand or just snuggle into a beanbag to relax the next 3 hours while meandering through the water, listening to some music and the swish of the water on the hull. Going back to Taupo Boat Harbor you can enjoy an afternoon cup of tea, coffee or milo along with some biscuits.

Around 5.30pm – 6pm you will arrive in Taupo Marina to end your sailing adventure.

Join us on a sustainable sailing tour to the hidden wonders of the Western Bays for an unforgettable experience.

Just available from November – April.

  • Length on deck: 47ft (14.3m)
  • Length on waterline: 38’6ft (11.7m)
  • Beam: 12’6ft (3.8m)
  • Draught (lightship)5’8 ft (1.76m)
  • Max speed under engine: 7 knts
  • Max speed sailing: 9-10 knts
  • Lounge with seating for up to 12 people.
  • High quality sound system.
  • Fridge and freezer on board.
  • Equipped for the latest health and safety standards.

Please bring

  • Your camera to capture some of the most breathtaking views around.
  • Swimsuit and towel, if you want to take a dip in the lake (weather dependent)
  • Sunblock
  • Warm clothing
  • Soft shoes
  • extra food/snacks and drinks (if needed, no surcharge for byo)

We Provide

  • Wet weather clothing and blankets are available on all our tours.
  • Lunch snack, 1 hot drink + 1 glass of beer selection, wine selection or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Extra drinks and snacks are available on all tours for purchase.
Restrictions: NO hard soled shoes or high heels.

 Rates

Adults (Ages 15+)
$230
Child (5-14)
$80

Prices are in NZD.

 Duration

Half day tour 5.5hours approximately

 Start

12pm

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