The Cruise Cat Boat Charter With Chris Jolly Outdoors

Enjoy the experience of hosting your event on a cruise boat surrounded only by your friends or colleagues for either a day trip or evening cruise, or both on the scenic Lake Taupo.

Trip Highlights

The view of the trio of snow-capped mountains, Ruapehu, Nhaurahoe and Tongariro is best from the water with a glass of bubbles in hand.

What’s Provided:

Full use of the Cruise Cat’s amenities, including access to a fully stocked and licensed bar, seating for 75, standing room for 90. The use of  Smart TVs and free Wifi and a professional sound system. All fishing equipment is provided – we can fish 4 lines at a time and a galley if you would like your event catered.

Transport and Timing:

Trip time is negotiable with our team and depends on the length of your event. The Cruise Cat is moored at The Taupo Marina and your guests should arrive at Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour, on Redoubt Street to embark.

*The Cruise cat is stroller friendly and has wheelchair access though not a disabled toilet on board. 

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Take the party to the water, gather your mates, or organise an event and make the most of our floating dance floor and fully licenced bar!

Lake Taupo Sunset

About Chartering The Chris Jolly Cruise Cat

The Chris Jolly Cruise Cat is a luxurious 52 ft Catamaran boat available to charter for use on Lake Taupō in New Zealand. Perfect for parties, with a spacious capacity of 90 people. The best charter boat available in Lake Taupō (in our opinion) is able to host varied events, with a fully licenced and stocked bar, dance floor and professional sound system. If you haven’t partied out on this boat, you haven’t experienced the best Lake Taupō’ has to offer. We’ve served some of the biggest offsite conference entertainment evenings in the region, so we understand exactly what it takes to pull off a stunning event on the water, choose Chris Jolly Outdoors today.

Tips for what to bring on your chartered boat ride:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Event appropriate clothing
  • Swimwear and a towel if you plan on swimming
  • Warm layers
  • Sunhat
  • Boat friendly footwear

The Party Boat Cruise Cat will provide

  • A Dance Floor
  • Party Vibes
  • Party catering on request
  • Scenic backdrop for your event
  • Room to let go relax with your mates

Visiting Taupō New Zealand? Some helpful Information:

  • The Chris Jolly staff are English speaking
  • There is no dangerous marine life dwelling in the lake.
  • No poisonous insects or snakes or spiders (no snakes at all)
  • New Zealand is underneath the hole in the Ozone layer, therefore the UV rays are harsher than in other countries.
  • You’ll always receive the best Kiwi Hospitality!

“This was an unbelievable experience! The crew on the boat were so informative, highly recommend”

Chris Jolly Outdoors boys trip

What types of event celebrations has our Cruise Cat Boat seen?

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"My husband was over the moon at actually landing a trout and it has kickstarted his enthusiasm to get back into trout fishing again"
Lake Taupo New Zealand ruapehu

Celebrate That Milestone With Chris Jolly’s Party Boat

Whether it’s turning the big five-0 or a 21st, it’s impossible not to have fun on a boat! Chris Jolly can cater for an intimate gathering of close friends, or full-on events of up to 90 pax on our Cruise Cat Party Boat. We can do simple fun or make your event classy and luxurious, our outstanding crew can cater to it all. Call our team to plan your party on our Cruise Cat today.

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View From The Top of hike Lake Taupo

Enjoy The Sunshine On Our Party Deck

Dance in the sunset then carry on downstairs on our floating dance floor. Make sure you’re singing “I’m on a boat” by The Lonely Island at the top of your lungs, or hold up your mate on the prow and pretend to be Jack and Rose. The possibilities are endless when you have your own private party boat hire with Chris Jolly Outdoors.

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fishing off a boat in lake taupo

Reasons Why You Should Charter a Boat for Your Family Reunion

  • There’s no shortage of fun things to do on a boat! Whether you’re swimming, fishing, or just taking in the stunning views, there’s something for everyone.
  • It’s a great way to get everyone together in one place. What better way to catch up with cousins and grandparents than while cruising around on a boat?
  • It’s easy to accommodate large groups on a boat charter. Whether you have 50 or 100 people, there’s plenty of space for everyone to relax and have fun.
  • It’s a unique way to celebrate your reunion. Why not do something different this year and charter a boat for your family reunion? You won’t regret it!
Mt Ruapehu above Lake Taupo Nz

Have a Hens Party On the Chris Jolly Party Boat

As Cindy Lauper will emphatically tell you, girls just wanna have fun! Bring your bridesmaids, your maid of honor and of course your hen out on the last night of her single life. Go out in style with our Cruise Cat Charter Boat. Chris jolly will sate your appetite and your thirst before turning up the music as you party the night away in Lake Taupō’s harbour. With seating for 75 and room for 90 your hens do can be as wild as you can handle. Start during the day and you can view the Maori Carvings, Jump into the water off the nearby cliffs and swim in the sunshine before drying off aboard.

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lake taupo from above and chris jolly boat

Have A Stag Do On The Cruise Cat Charter Boat

Chris Jolly Outdoors is the perfect place to charter a boat for your stag do. With over 30 years of experience, we know how to make your day on the water special. Our charter boats are perfect for cruising around Lake Taupō, and our experienced guides will make sure you have a great time. We can customize your trip to suit your group, and we’ll even throw in a few extras like fishing gear and a BBQ lunch. So if you’re looking for a unique and memorable way to celebrate your last night of freedom, Chris Jolly Outdoors is the perfect choice.

Wedding Rings on a white cloth

Get Married On The Cruise Cat Charter Boat

Chris Jolly Outdoors offers the perfect way to make your wedding day truly unique – by chartering a boat on Lake Taupō. Chris Jolly Outdoors has experienced skippers and will be more than happy to show you the best of what the lake has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a romantic boat cruise or an action-packed ride, Chris Jolly Outdoors can tailor a package to suit your needs. And what could be more magical than saying your vows with the stunning Lake Taupō as your backdrop? So why not start your married life in style with Chris Jolly Outdoors?

Lake Taupo New Zealand ruapehu

Give the gift of The Great Outdoors

Do you have a friend or loved one who loves being outdoors? Then a Chris Jolly Outdoors gift voucher is the perfect present! They can use it towards a charter boat trip on Lake Taupo, or put it towards another one of Chris Jolly’s great experiences. With $100 to spend, they’ll be able to treat themselves to an unforgettable time in beautiful New Zealand. So give the gift of adventure today with a Chris Jolly Outdoors gift voucher.

Take a trip with us

"This was an unbelievable experience! The crew on the boat were so informative, highly recommend"

Chartering the Chris Jolly Outdoors Cruise Cat is the best way to celebrate with your friends, click here to book now.


The Cruise To Plant Project

Chris Jolly Outdoors is committed to planting trees in an effort to protect and enhance Aotearoa’s natural environment. All passengers on Chris Jolly Outdoors scenic cruises will have a dollar from their ticket price go towards the planting project with The Opepe Farm Trust. This is one of the first planting initiatives for Chris Jolly with the future goals being to offset the boat charter service and to become carbon neutral. The partnership with The Opepe Farm Trust will help to ensure that the right trees are planted for sustainability. The Trust is passionate about protecting the environment for future generations and has the knowledge and expertise to guide the project. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against climate change and help to preserve our natural environment.

Have a closer look at our initiative

Your Taupō Activity Partner

As the trusted activity partner for things to do in Taupō for forty years, Chris Jolly Outdoors will take care of you during your stay here.  From absolute relaxation and fishing crystal pools to exciting hikes in the wilderness; we are the go-to guides to tick off that bucket list.

In Taupō, the possibilities are truly endless. But one thing is sure; we will create a memorable experience for you that you’ll treasure forever.  Put yourself in the picture with us, and book with us today.

More about us

What We Offer

  • Five private charter boats for small or large functions up to 140 pax with full catering/bar/fishing equipment and an exclusive personal crew
  • Access to private land, water and know-how of local’s secret spaces
  • Corporate events & team building.

Reliable and Experienced

  • We’re a family headed by Chris’s son Simon Jolly with a number of the Jolly clan still working within the team
  • We’re a bunch of fishing, hiking, boating, biking, and bush experts with experienced staff who can teach you a lot about the Taupō region.
  • We’ve spent forty years in the industry taking care of people’s holidays.

Our Qualifications

  • Gold Qualmark rated (5 star rating NZ)
  • Our Fly fishing guides are Orvis endorsed, a globally recognised mark of excellence
  • Partners with Ngāti Tūwharetoa (TMGH) with a focus on growing Māori Tourism for Taupō


What is the best way to learn how to fly fish?

One of the best ways to learn how to fly fish is on a half-day flyfishing experience with a Chris Jolly Orvis endorsed guide.

Do you cater to all dietary requirements?

Absolutely, with a little notice we can make sure that all members of your group are adequately catered for.

Is Lake Taupō fresh water or salt water?

Fresh clear and largely drinkable water. We would recommend drinking from a stream as running water is best.

Can you swim in Lake Taupō?

We would advise a good quality wetsuit if you're going to attempt it in winter! but December through to March it is absolutely beautiful to get in to that fresh crystal clear water.

Can kids drive the boat?

Yes! If you ask the skipper nicely.

Is jumping into the lake allowed off the boat?

It is encouraged! Show us your best bomb, the more water spray, the better.

What should I pack for the boat?

It is always a good idea to pack the basics, sunscreen, insect repellent, a muesli bar or two, your own full water bottle, togs, a towel and a spare change of clothes and a warm jersey. The wind can go right through you on a boat so layering up is always pragmatic! A wise person packs a raincoat on a sunny day, just in case.

Contact Us

in New Zealand

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from overseas

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