A gentle and stylish way to experience the scenic beauty of Lake Taupō, a luxury cruise takes in magnificent lake and mountain views, offers an up-close encounter with the giant Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay Māori rock carvings, provides gourmet lunch and beverages and an option to kayak or try your hand at fishing for trout along the way.

Lake Taupō’s size – roughly the same area as Singapore – and picturesque beaches give the appearance of an inland oceanScenic lake cruises and fishing adventures are available for Huka Lodge guests with premium Taupō operators yearround.  

Most Taupō Lake fishing takes the form of trolling using either lures or flies and complements the peaceful, quiet vibe on the lake’s still waters.   

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A half-day lake cruise includes an up-close visit with the giant Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay Māori rock carvings. Carved by artist Matahi Brightwell and towering some 14 metres above water level, the carvings are hailed as New Zealand’s most extraordinary contemporary Māori artworks.

On a clear day the majestic volcanoes of Mounts Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro can be spotted on the horizon at the lake’s southern end.

The cruise includes lunch, wine and beverages and all fishing equipment including licences, while a kayaks are available to rent for an additional way to explore the western bays’ inlets.