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of the Ernest Kemp
a sunny day there are few better things to do in Taupo than get
yourself aboard the vintage steamer Ernest Kemp and take a two-hour
cruise around one of the most picturesque spots in New Zealand.
the wide expanses of New Zealand's largest lake unfolding around
you, in the distance you spy the snow-capped peaks of the mountains
in the Tongariro National Park.
truly is spectacular and is a remarkable visual treat for those
who like the majesty of mountains contrasting with marvellous blue
gentle pumping of the Ernest Kemp's engines keep you moving along
at a steady pace and points of interest are pointed out by the skipper
of the vessel.
commentary is entertaining and its content depends upon the mix
of passengers. On the day we went Australia had just lost a sporting
contest to New Zealand and so we poor Aussies copped a bit of a
Ernest Kemp is a wonderful old vessel and dates backs to early last
century. She is painted classic colours and is very well looked
interior has plenty of seating space for groups and there are also
spots outside to sit in the sun and get the breeze in your hair.
cruise takes you around the bays and beaches closest to Taupo and
include Okuta Bay and Acacia Bay.
the way you may cross paths with the Barbary, a yacht that used
to belong to the famous actor Errol Flynn.
summer the friendly crews often take part in water fights.
of the journey will take visitors to see some interesting Maori
carvings hewn into the rocks at Okuta Bay and they are only accessible
of interest to travellers will be some of the impressive houses
on the cliff tops that would have to have some of the finest views
in New Zealand.
board the Ernest Kemp you can get morning and afternoon teas, get
to drive the vessel - and even get a certificate for doing so -
or else just sit and enjoy the peaceful journey.
Ernest Kemp departs the Taupo Boat Harbour at 10.30am and 2pm although
in the warmer months - October through April - there is an extra
cruise from 5pm.
can get your tickets at the Taupo I-site office, phone 07 376 0027,
or to make a necessary booking.
two-hour cruises cost around NZ$30 per adult and NZ$10 per child.