Deals, News and Special Offers

NEW – Sunday Kiwiana Brunch Scenic Cruise

Would you like to know what it really means to be Kiwi? Get to know what makes Kiwis Kiwi on this Kiwiana themed brunch cruise.

Enjoy the tastes of traditional Kiwi cuisine; bacon, eggs, tomatoes, baked beans and good old Marmite on toast with a glass of fresh orange juice! Don’t worry, we have a meat-free option for our vegetarian friends too.

Find out about Kiwi quirkiness, the weird slangs we have for things (what in the world is a jandal?!), our favourite songs and our passions (yes it’s true, we are rugby mad!) as you cruise in comfort on Lake Taupo.

Sit back and listen to some awesome Kiwi music whilst enjoying the view that makes Taupo a wonderful place to visit! We love New Zealand (Taupo especially), so let us share our passion for the Lake and what it is to be a Kiwi with you!

Make this your perfect Sunday morning activity on the Great Lake.

Come down and see us on board Cruise Cat or book online or via phone at 0800 252 628 to secure your spots!

Book your Sunday Kiwiana Brunch Scenic Cruise now!

NEW – Knight Rider Scenic Cruise

Chris Jolly Outdoors is excited to launch a first-of-its-kind activity on Lake Taupo. You can now take in the unique views of the Taupo Town at night as you enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine. We will take you to the amazing Maori Rock Carvings where you will be one of the few privileged ones to see it in its splendour at night.

The trip departs every Friday and Saturday at 5pm, from now until mid September.

Come down and see us on board Cruise Cat or book online or via phone at 0800 252 628 to secure your spots!

Book your Knight Rider Scenic Cruise now!

Chris Jolly Outdoors a finalist in Stella Awards 2018

We are delighted that Chris Jolly Outdoors was announced as a Stella Awards 2018 finalist in two categories – Best Tourism Team and Innovation in Customer Experience.

Businesses from various industries were judged in this biennial awards competition which aims to lift customer service standards. The awards comprises a series of workshops which included mental wellbeing and high performance at work, knowledge about the Taupo district, how to offer stellar services and overall business acumen.

There were also online workshops and a mystery shopper component where judges visited the business looking for elements that created a great customer experience.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on 24 August 2018. Wish us luck!

List of finalist

Taurikura Maori Cultural Experience Starts Again 22 Nov 2018

The Taurikura Maori Cultural Experince was a big hit with visitors last summer and we are pleased to announce that pre bookings are now avaiable for the upcoming summer period.

The cruise is a unique Maori cultural experience where you can learn all about the Maori culture as told by the local tribe Tuwharetoa.

Taurikura Maori Cultural Experince will depart every Thursday at 5pm from 22 Nov 2018 to 14 February 2019.

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Chris Jolly Outdoors Family Special

The stunning snowy mountain winter landscape of the Tongariro National Park make it a great time to head out on to our Great Lake to take in the spectacular landscape.

We’ve got a great family winter special going on for our daily departing 10.30am and 1.30pm Lake Taupo scenic cruise trips to the Maori Rock Carvings – only $99 for 2 adults and 2 children (5-15yrs). That’s a saving of up to $29!

Come down and see us on board Cruise Cat or book online or via phone at 0800 252 628 to secure your spots!

Book your Family Special now!

Family Deal Chris Jolly Outdoors

Exploring Backcountry Trails

If you are wanting to explore more of New Zealand’s spectacular backcountry trails, this heli-hike trip to the start of the Oamaru Trail in the Kaimanawa Forest Park might be just the trip for you.

Read more about the experience from the journalist of Get Lost Magazine, an Australian publication featuring unique travel experiences around the globe for travellers wishing to explore holidays not found in brochures.

Read the article

Chris Jolly Outdoors Boats are now Smoke Free

We appreciate you coming out with us and want only the best experience possible for you and that is why we have decided to make all our scenic cruise trips completely smoke free.

This makes it an excellent trip for family and kids as well as non-smokers.

It is our pleasure to keep on providing quality experiences to all of our guests. We look forward to hosting you soon.

Book your Scenic Cruise now!

Have an Exclusive Intimate Wedding on Lake Taupo

Dreaming of a private wedding in a unique, intimate setting? Chris Jolly Outdoors has the perfect solution for you with our Wedding packages to suit small groups as well as large parties.

You and your wedding party will get to cruise on your very own private charter boat and exchange vows on Lake Taupo against an amazing natural backdrop of the Tongariro National Park mountains. Imagine how gorgeous your wedding photos will turn out!

We also have a new wedding photoshoot package for those wanting to take advantage of Lake Taupo’s stunning natural backdrop for a gallery of wedding photos that you can keep for a lifetime.

Check out our wedding packages

New Owners For Bay2Bay Boat Shuttle

A new owner is now operating Bay2Bay, the boat transfer which services the Great Lake Trail. If you are planning to bike the Great Lake Trail without our guided bike packages, you will have to pre-arrange the boat transfer yourself by contacting the new owner Dan Alderson at 022 132 7449.

Luxurious Experiences in Great Lake Taupo

Honoured to be featured in Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine, Australia’s leading luxury travel and lifestyle publication. The writer wrote about her experience cruising Lake Taupo on board our luxury charters Levante, alongside her stay in The Kinloch Club and Huka Lodge.

Read the article here.