Chris and Sue Jolly moved to Taupo from their farming business in the Manawatu to Taupo in 1978 to start a fishing – sports shop business. This led to friendships in the charter boat and heli hunting industries and before long, their first launch Facilita was purchased and Chris Jolly Outdoors started its journey. The last 35 years have been an action packed ride leading now to 5 boats on Lake Taupo, guided fly fishing, hiking, hunting and their latest product guided biking and water shuttle.
Over the years they have entertained royalty- English and Dutch, diplomats, VIP’s, movie celebrities and put together packages to suit the most discerning clientele. They have been the preferred outdoors supplier to Huka Lodge for the last 30 years. It has been an exciting “few” years with new challenges and products making this company well respected in the tourism industry.
Son Simon is now the operations manager- skipper/hunting guide/video producer along with his chocolate lab Charlie Brown who is very much part of the team. Daughter Penny has been the advertising guru, social media expert and a great creator of branding and design for the company.
Along with some very loyal and long standing staff they all love sharing the outdoors and helping people enjoy the beautiful part of the country that is Lake Taupo and its surrounds.
Hunting guide, Skipper and Manager
An avid fisherman, Simon has been with the company for nearly 20 years. He has many strings to his bow as a hunting guide, skipper and manager. When he’s not sleeping, he’s outdoors – motocross riding, kayaking, running or fishing.
Director and Founder
Director and all round head honcho, Chris founded CJO in 1980. With a love of fishing and hunting, Chris is the ultimate outdoorsman with a lot of his time now spent on the hunting side of the business which he is passionate about.
Co-founder and Director
Sue is co-founder and director of CJO and has been involved in every facet of the business since the very beginning and over the last few years more involved in the trade and weddings.
Her interest in mountain biking has helped lead the company into this new and exciting branch of the business and with all concessions in place there will be a lot more time spent in the outdoors for her.
A woman of formidable talents, Nic has been a part of the CJO team for more than 12 years. When Nic’s not being a hiking guide, crew member, biking guide or hunting-camp-cook extraordinaire, she enjoys photography, walking her dog and getting outdoors.
Introducing another Jolly family member – our booking manager extraordinaire. Anna has been with Chris Jolly Outdoors for over 25 years. In the past Anna has been in charge of all the catering as well as being an excellent crew member on the boats. She manages with ease the daily juggling act of bookings on four different launches, not to mention fly fishing and hunting enquiries. Outside CJO, Anna is a keen Bridge player and can knit up a storm.
Our awesome office administrator who has been with the company for over a decade. Her hobbies are photography and creative clay plus she loves walking (with pooch Coco) and gardening.
Master Muffin Maker
Crew member and master muffin maker, Ali’s not only a dab-hand with a downrigger, she does ALL the catering for every CJO trip! Head down to the office and you’ll see her cooking up a storm and singing her heart out.
Greg has got boating, safety and fun times in his DNA. He has been on and around boats since he started walking and bought his first boat when he was 15. Greg has had 39 boats since.
In his spare time, if he’s not out on the Lake fishing, you’ll most likely find him playing with his Classic Cars.
Hunting station or Running down Turkeys.
Surely one of the most photographed dogs in New Zealand. Charlie has featured in many hunting articles, clothing catalogues and television shows. He has even had a 2 page story written up on him in a NZ hunting magazine. Nick-named the King of Dogs, when he’s not sitting around looking regal, Charlie is baling up huge stags at our hunting station or running down Turkeys.
Skipper and Fly fishing guide
Our super-friendly and very knowledgeable Skipper and fly fishing guide. Like many in the CJO crew, Paul lives and breathes trout fishing. Got a question about New Zealand trout fishing? Ask away…
Design and Creative Stuff
Penny has been with us on and off for the last decade. She’s the one who comes up with all the creative and design stuff. We brief her, she designs it.
Websites and Digital Techy Stuff
Joleen is behind the computer making sure all our digital marketing promotions are reaching the right people. She keeps our website up to date, gets our e-newsletters sent out and ensures our social media channels remain relevant and exciting. Anything digital, she’s our girl!