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Published February 26th 2019
35 Years Cruising On A Crater Lake

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The Ernest Kemp (image JW)

Take a 2 hour cruise on one of the world's largest freshwater volcanic crater lakes and view the Maori Rock carvings with Ernest Kemp Cruises. The crew are relaxed and friendly and if you choose the 5:30pm Cocktail Cruise, you will receive complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and one pizza between two.

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Lake views (image JW)

The magnitude of Lake Taupo is best appreciated from the water and the Ernest Kemp is an experienced and comfortable craft having cruised there for over 35 years. The vessel is a comfortable boat with plenty of seating indoor and outside. There are toilets on board, free Wi-Fi is included as well as a brochure about the carvings and a free postcard of the vessel. Children are welcome to visit the skipper in the wheelhouse and receive a Wheel Certificate.

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Pizza (image JW)

On the way to Mine Bay, pre-pizza drinks are offered, the skipper gave a short commentary about the lake but mentioned that the afternoon cruise was a more relaxed affair. The pizza was then served as well as more drinks.

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Maori rock carvings (image JW)

On reaching the carvings, we spent a bit of time slowly cruising past so that all passengers could get a good look and take close up photos. Standing over 10 metres tall, the carvings were created in the 1970s by artist/sculptor Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell and took over three summers to complete.

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Maori carvings (image JW)

The Ernest Kemp motored away into another sheltered bay so that other cruises could get a view then the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo was offered. A few adventurous souls took up the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Swim in crystal clear waters (image JW)

The return trip was the chance for a tea or coffee and have a chat with fellow passengers and the cabin crew.

A Cocktail Cruise on the Ernest Kemp is a very enjoyable relaxing way to explore some of Lake Taupo's attractions.
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Why? * Sail the waters of Lake Taupo and view the Mine Bay Maori carvings
When: * 2 Hour Cruises, 10:30am, 2:00pm Everyday *  5pm Cocktail Cruise includes wine, beer, and pizza *  1.5 Hour 12:30PM Summer Special - Adults $35
Phone:  07 378 3444
Where: (Booking office) 65 Redoubt Street, Taupo
Cost: Adults from $35, children from $15.
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