Chris Jolly Outdoors is Lake Taupo’s premier outdoor experience operator.  In 2015,  we celebrate 35 years in business. Chris Jolly Outdoors is family owned and operated with several of the Jolly family members working in the company. We love sharing the outdoors with our clients and helping them to make the most of beautiful Lake Taupo!

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.


Chris Jolly

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.

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Sue Jolly

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.


Nic Nation

Hiking guide


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.


Simon Jolly

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.


Anna Willis

Booking Manager


Introducing another Jolly family member – our booking manager extraordinaire. Anna has been with Chris Jolly Outdoors for over 20 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.



Office Administrator


Our awesome office administrator. Sandy is in her 9th year with the company. Her hobbies are photography and creative clay plus she loves walking (with pooch Coco) and gardening.

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Hiking guide


Another creative type in the team, Rona has worked in the CJO team since March 2005.  She says it’s the friendly and caring staff, interesting people she meets and the variety of work that she does that has kept her coming out onto the lake that she loves for so long. When not helping clients catch ‘the big one’ and experience Taupo attractions, Rona is also a CJO hiking guide. Tennis, tramping, walking, swimming, fishing, interacting with grandchildren and campervanning with her husband, all keep Rona very busy outside work hours. When in the mood Rona also likes to capture awe inspiring views on canvas and initiated our scenic cruise Kids’ Drawing Competitions.


Penny Egerton

Marketing and promotions and techy stuff


Penny has been with us on and off for the last 10 years. Marketing and promotions and techy stuff all come under her job description. When Penny’s not at our office, she’s a graphic designer with another local company.


Ali Flavell

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.

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Paul Gudgeon

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…


Charlie Brown

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.


Benson Brown

Lovable son of Charlie Brown


The lovable son of Charlie Brown, Benson has been with the company for over 3 years. He is rarely seen without his partner in crime – Chris Jolly. Together they spend months scoping out Red deer, retrieving ducks, and licking everyone in sight (Benson that is, not Chris). Benson has even caught a trout.

If you would like to join the CJO team and help share Taupo adventures with locals and tourists, send a copy of your CV to