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One of the highlights of my trip
This company offers a great service. You get a beautiful trip out into the lake with a lot of info about it coming from the guide you have for the whole journey. They bring you to the carvings and tell you all about them, giving you plenty time to take as many photos as you'd like. The cost of your ticket includes hot beverages and biscuits throughout and a wine/beer too. You 100% get your moneys worth, staying on the lake for quite a long time to take in the view of Taupo and the surrounding areas.
Wonderful Afternoon Activity
If you're wanting to see the rock carvings, Ernest Kemp is, without a doubt, your best option. Indoor or outdoor seating for all types of weather. Navigates you right up to the carvings on all sides of the boat. Commentary was informative, interesting, and not annoying or overbearing. Boat staff (Ryan?) was very sweet and lovely to talk to. Got the chance to steer the boat (....not very well, being a Captain isn't my calling...). Fed a ton of ducks who flew right up to take the food from our hands! Very cool. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cookies, wine, beer. Perfect trip for a leisurely afternoon! Highly recommended as a solo couple, or group activity.