Taupo Sailing Adventures

Taupo Sailing Adventures


Great Skipper!
Hi Dave, took a little longer to sort our new website design out but here's our review of our trip with you guys.


Please feel free to check it out and share with your followers.

We'll hopefully be down again soon 🤙
Thanks, Sail Fearless crew. Lots of fun! This is one of my favorite pics: the carving, the pirate flag, and the skipper.

Fun & adventurous on Sail Fearless or in comfort and style on Kindred Spirit - experience the best way to explore Lake Taupo with a sustainable sailing tour

Experience the best way to explore Lake Taupo and choose the most environmentally friendly way to travel – with a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings. Join us on 'Kindred Spirit' or 'Fearless' for a 2.5-3 hour adventurous trip on lake Taupo. Just relax and sunbathe or get involved in hoisting the sails and manning the helm. The trip includes a swimming stop in summer, and be sure to bri

Operating as usual


School holidays are over, it is May and the colder time of the year starts. But we still have beautiful days like today! We will be here for you in the coming month's to experience those magical winter days on the lake.


Planning Your Next Family Holiday?

Check it out!


Easter weekend is here and the weather is looking great!
We are fully open all weekend.
Jump on board to join us for a unique sailing experience on our beautiful Lake Taupo ⛵


⛵New addition to the team⛵

Please welcome Samuel Taavi, who joined us last week on the 3.4.22.

Due to an intense settling in period for this still inexperienced crew we just have limited trips scheduled up to Easter and the coming weeks


This is one of our highlight trips each year - taking Xtend Taupo, a social group for people with special needs out for a sail ❤️


My happy place!


Can it get any better then this? Love our sunset trips ❤️❤️❤️


Tomorrow is Valentine's Day ❤️

Still looking for something to surprise your loved one?

Check out our sunset sailing tours - snuggle up together in our beanbags and enjoy the sunset with a drink in your hand.


Photos from The Great Escape - Australasia's post 10/02/2022

It was such a great day ❤️⛵❤️


Fun for the whole family ⛵❤️😊

To get the best prices visit our website www.tauposailingadventures.co.nz or call us on 022 697 1586


Love to have our furry friends onboard ❤️


The long weekend is here and the weather is looking AWESOME!
Go and book in for a sailing trip to soak up some sun 🌞

022 6971586

Make the most of your Taupo summer 28/01/2022

Make the most of your Taupo summer

Check out the summer deal for Taupō and make the most out of your summer!

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What a lovely night for a swim - peace and quiet at the Māori Rock Carvings

Taupo Sailing Adventures | Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit | Lake Taupo Cruises 02/01/2022

Taupo Sailing Adventures | Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit | Lake Taupo Cruises

Sunset at its best!

Get the most out of this stunning weather and end the day with a swim in a crater lake!

Taupo Sailing Adventures | Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit | Lake Taupo Cruises The best way to explore Lake Taupo! Sustainable sailing tours to the Māori Rock Carvings with Taupo Sailing Adventures aboard Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit.


Happy New Year from our little family to all of you! Thank you for all your support in 2021. Looking forward to a great year 2022 ❤️


Merry Christmas to all of you ❤️

We will take a little break over Christmas but will be back for you right after Boxing Day 🎄



We are open Christmas Eve for the 10am and 1pm trip ❤️⛵🎄
And the weather forecast looks fantastic 🤗

Taupo Sailing Adventures | Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit | Lake Taupo Cruises 20/12/2021

Taupo Sailing Adventures | Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit | Lake Taupo Cruises

🎁 Looking for a last minute Christmas present? 🎁
Go and grab one of our gift cards - you can choose the value and redeem it for any trip ⛵

Taupo Sailing Adventures | Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit | Lake Taupo Cruises The best way to explore Lake Taupo! Sustainable sailing tours to the Māori Rock Carvings with Taupo Sailing Adventures aboard Sail Fearless & Kindred Spirit.


COMING SOON in April 2022 ❤️
We have some exciting news for you. A new crew member will join us next year.
The last two years were certainly an challenging time. Now we are looking forward to a new normal in every way 😉


As of today, 3rd Dec, the country is moving into the Covid-19 Protection Framework.

To be able to keep operating and due to comply with the new mandates put in place by the government, we have made the decision to opt in and require Vaccine Passes from now on.

We are sad if that means we are not able to welcome all of you aboard at the moment.

Please contact us if this has an affect on your upcoming booking or if you have any questions at all ❤️

Kia kaha, David & Jess


Labour weekend is coming up and we are getting ready to be back on the water ❤️
We will have limited trips on over the next weeks, so get online and book in to make sure you are not missing out.
We missed you and can't wait to have you back on board ⛵❤️


The weather is finally getting better - time to give our lady a little beauty treatment ❤⛵️❤


We are on our last trip for the season! What a year...we want to thank everyone for the support...you are all amazing! We can't wait to be back ❤️


Our season is coming to an end...only one week left!
Our final day will be 23rd May.

Make sure to book in to go for a sail before you have to wait till next season ❤⛵️❤


Awesome autumn weather ❤️
Thank you for this lovely photo @sarahrobkiwi

Photos from Taupo Sailing Adventures's post 23/04/2021

Our boats: Kindred Spirit – the lady of the lake

Kindred Spirit is our second boat. We purchased her in June 2019 after Dave fell in love when he saw her for the first time.

Kindred Spirit is, like Fearless, based on a classical Herreshoff design – although she got slightly altered by her builder Alan Orams.

Key features:
• Cutter rigged sloop with a GRP hull and a full keel
• built in 1976 by Alan Orams in Whangarei
• Model: based on a Mobjack
• Length on deck: 47ft (14.3m)
• Beam: 12’6ft (3.8m)
• Max speed under engine: 7 knts
• Max speed sailing: 9 knts

Originally built for a friend of Orams, the boat changed hands over time from a family of four who lived on Kindred Spirit for 10 years, to a couple who lived on her for 15 years. After she sold again and got a little bit neglected the next years, Dave and Jess bought her out of Tauranga.
There was quite a bit work to do and we restored her ourselves with some help of friends and a lot of love over the next 7 months to bring her up to the newest safety standards. In that time, she had new wiring, new plumbing, new paint (she was white before and has now this lovely blue hull), new lacquer (a lot of sanding was involved) and lots of other little (and not so little) things.

In January 2020 we finally could do the first trip with her on Lake Taupo. We love it that we can now offer trips with more comfort and space for our customers.

Photos from Taupo Sailing Adventures's post 10/04/2021

Our boats: Fearless – the sleeping beauty

It was our beautiful boat Fearless Dave started his own business with, together with a business partner at that time. She is something very special as she marked the beginning of a new era for Dave (even twice, first when he started his own business and then when he met Jess on Fearless 😊)

Fearless is a classic Herreshoff Nereia design.
Key features:
• Steel hulled cutter rigged ketch
• Designer: L Francis Herreshoff
• Model: Nereia 36.50′ / 11.13m
• build in 1986 in Picton, New Zealand

Fearless spent many year’s sailing the waters of New Zealand, before she was sailing up to the pacific islands, going on many deep-water adventures.
In 2001 unfortunately Fearless hit a reef and sunk. She spent 12 long days submerged up to her portholes. Luckily she was refloated and towed back to Fiji for repairs to make the long voyage home to NZ.
David found her online in 2010 in disrepair and after a lot of research Fearless was financed by his friendly bank manager.
So a deal was done to fully restore Fearless back to her beauty.

After that she spent the last 10 years in Taupo becoming an icon of the lake.
She is now due for some small repairs and maintenance again, especially after being scorched by a marina fire, which were put on hold for a while due to Covid19.
But we will see her back on the lake as soon as possible.


With the end of daylight saving there are just a few weeks left before our sunset trips will finish as well at the end of April. Make sure to book in and join us on one of the last sunset trips of the season.

Photos from Taupo Sailing Adventures's post 02/04/2021

Meet the team! Today: Jess

Jess is originally from Germany and used to work as a customs officer.
She loves traveling and while exploring New Zealand, she stepped on board Fearless in February 2016, not knowing she would fall in love with the skipper and sailing. Now Taupo is her home.
Jess is managing the office with the marketing for the company and all administrative work but loves it even more to join Dave as often as possible on the sailing trips.
And as there is always something to do for maintenance on boats, she started to enjoy the mechanical tasks coming with it as well.
She picked up skydiving, loving the feeling of complete freedom when jumping out of a plane and is looking to get her own skipper’s ticket as soon as possible.

Photos from Taupo Sailing Adventures's post 30/03/2021

Still looking for something to do over the long Easter weekend? Get your family and friends together and take them for a memorable sailing trip on Lake Taupo.
Don't forget to have a look for our special deals:
10am - Family Deal
1pm - Buy 2 Tickets And Get The 3rd For Free

Photos from Taupo Sailing Adventures's post 27/03/2021

Meet the team! Today: Dave

Dave is the heart and soul of the company ❤
Coming from a family of seafarers and boat builders it was inevitable that he would take up sailing. Dave has a background in hospitality. But also when he had a motel or later a hostel, sailing was always his passion.
Dave has spent over 20 years sailing on Lake Taupo with more than 15 years on varies charter yachts, making him the most experienced sailing charter yacht skipper on the lake. After sailing Barbary for about 5 years and learning of “Barbary Bill”, Barbary’s original owner on Lake Taupo, who started offering sailing trips to the Maori Rock Carvings, Dave is now sailing his own yachts, Fearless since 2010 and Kindred Spirit since 2019.
He is a hands on man! Most things on the yacht he can fix himself. He restored both boats himself, with the help of family and friends, and knows his boats inside out.


We got our own article in the Scout magazine 😃
Thank you Sue Hoffart, we still can't quite believe it



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.
Full and half day tours - check our website for availabilities!


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Kindred Spirit - Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

10.00am $39 per person
1.00pm $49 per person
6.30pm $59 per person

Trips leave from berth #14 Taupo Marina

Sail Fearless - Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings (currently unavailable)

9.30am $39 per person
12.30pm $49 per person
3.30pm $49 per person
6.30pm $59 per person

Trips leave from berth #25 Taupo Marina



Berth #14 & #25, 65 Redoubt Street, Taupo Marina
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