The Waikare II Boat Charter

The Waikare II is an elegant traditional wooden interior outfitted 50 ft launch. She enjoys being taken out on Lake Taupō New Zealand’s pristine waters and is the ultimate venue for that cosy and exclusive event feel. Probably the most elegant of our fleet with romantic wooden interiors, copper fittings and a stylish downstairs bar, Waikare II is the ultimate venue for up to 35 people. This iconic lady has seen many famous faces cross her boards.  With split level entertaining areas, and beautiful outdoor spaces, the classy Waikare II is perfect for any activity or function.

Trip Highlights

The most romantic of settings to share with your loved ones, enjoy the views and glide on Lake Taupō’s pristine waters in our classic vessel.

What’s Provided

Access to the fully stocked and licensed bar, and the option for catering and a BBQ on board. Space availability for 12 people for seated dining, 35 people standing aboard. A  professional sound system. Four fishing lines and full fishing tackle and equipment onboard. Skeet Shooting available on request.

Transport and Timing

Trip time is negotiable with our team and depends on the length of your event. The Waikare II is moored at The Taupo Marina and your guests should arrive at Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour, on Redoubt Street to embark. By request, we can arrange to collect you from your accommodation.

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Cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupō in opulence. The Waikare II is the perfect venue for small intimate gatherings in style.

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Chartering the Waikare II

The Waikare II can fit up to 35 people and is replete with romantic wooden interiors, copper fittings and a stylish downstairs bar. With split level entertaining areas and chic outdoor spaces, Waikare II adds a touch of class to the functions she entertains on her boards.

To charter the Waikare II, enquire now with your event information such as day and time you’d like to sail, estimated group size, and what you’d like to do!

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What to Bring

  • Sunscreen and sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Event appropriate clothing
  • Warm layers
  • Boat friendly footwear

Visitor Information

  • The Chris Jolly staff are English speaking
  • There is nothing dangerous dwelling in the lake
  • No snakes, or poisonous insects
  • Our thin ozone layer means you can get sunburnt quickly

The Charter Includes

  • Split level entertaining
  • Cosy, well stocked bar
  • Party catering on request
  • Scenic backdrop for your event
  • Room to let go and relax in style

Chris Jolly Outdoors made the whole process of booking and coming aboard an absolute breeze! Thanks for the hard mahi.

– Dylan

Waikare Ii in the lake taupo harbour

What types of event or celebrations can the Waikare II cater for?

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a unique way to spend time together, Chris Jolly Outdoors can help make it an unforgettable experience.

  • Birthday Parties
  • Fishing Trips
  • Smaller Corporate Groups
  • Family Reunions
  • Weddings

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Staff are super friendly with heaps of knowledge and the actual trip itself is breathtaking right from the start!

-Jen H

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Fishing from the Waikare II

For a truly unique fishing experience, head to Lake Taupo in New Zealand and hop aboard the Waikare II charter boat. You’ll be fishing for rainbow trout, and the best part? The crew can cook your catch right in front of you so you can enjoy it fresh from the lake.

With experienced guides from Chris Jolly Outdoors, you’re sure to have a fun and productive day out on the water. And what could be more rewarding than feasting on your own freshly caught trout? Chris Jolly Outdoors provides all rods, reels tackle and lines. Four lines can be going at once! What are you waiting for?

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My wife and I booked Waikare II for my birthday celebration. Firstly, I want to say that the day and experience was amazing, thank you! Everything was fantastic and everyone on board had a great time.

– Rob

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An Environmentally Friendly Refit

Chris Jolly Outdoors re-launched the Waikare II Charter Boat in 2018 with two brand new engines, replacing the 1970’s fit out from her history as a milk and mail delivery service to the Bay of Islands.

Originally built for military service for the Vietnam War in Mekong, she was never put to action and instead found a new home in Lake Taupō, New Zealand.

Enjoy the Waikare II’s rich history with your family and friends, and hire her out for a cruise along the vibrant birdsong filled bays of Lake Taupō.

Read our blog on the History of the Waikare II and Lake Taupo

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Fit for Royalty

The Waikare II was bought to Taupō in 1989 by its then owner, Chris Jolly himself. The biggest vessel on Lake Taupō at the time, the impressive post war Vietnamese craft took to the trout filled waters for the first time.

Since 1989, The Waikare II has hosted comedian Robin Williams, actor Michael J. Fox of Back to the Future fame and even, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

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Looking for an unforgettable adventure?

Then look no further than Chris Jolly Outdoors! We offer a range of gift vouchers that are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. From white-water rafting, to hiking, fishing and kayaking, we have something for everyone.

With our experienced guides, you’re guaranteed to have a safe and enjoyable experience. So what are you waiting for?

Let’s Plan Your Adventure

Add elegance to your next event, charter the Waikare II today.

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What We Offer

  • Private charter boats with catering/bar/fishing equipment and crew
  • Access to private land, water and know-how of local’s secret spaces
  • Functions, corporate events & team building

Reliable & Experienced

  • Over forty years in the central North Island tourism industry
  • We’re a family business, with local Taupō knowledge
  • Our staff are experienced adventure experts

Adventure Qualified

  • 5 Star Rated Gold Qualmark
  • Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides
  • Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice 2023
  • Partnered with Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Your Taupō Activity Partner

From beautiful lake views, to fishing crystal pools, to scenic hikes in the central North Island wilderness; Chris Jolly Outdoors are the go-to guides to tick off that bucket list.

In Taupō, the adventure possibilities are truly endless. We guarantee one thing – we’ll create a memorable experience for you that you’ll treasure forever.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book a trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors?

You can book a trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors by either calling us on +64 7 378 0623, emailing us at or filling out the form to make an enquiry. If you want to book a cruise to the Māori Rock carvings, head over to the experience page to book direct.

Is jumping into the lake allowed from the boat?

It is encouraged! The crew will tell you when it’s go time. Show us your best bomb – the more water spray, the better!

Can you swim in Lake Taupō?

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

Is Lake Taupō a volcano?

Lake Taupō is a caldera volcano, formed approx 26,000 years ago. It erupted 29 times, with the last eruption about 1800 years ago. These days, Lake Taupō is the second largest freshwater lake in the southern hemisphere.

Is Lake Taupō fresh water or salt water?

Lake Taupō is a fresh water lake with excellent water quality, perfect for swimming, fishing and even drinking!

What fish can be caught on Lake Taupō?

Lake Taupō offers great fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout.

What should I pack for the boat?

Bring the basics: sunscreen, insect repellent, a snack, a filled water bottle, and a warm jersey. If you’d like to go swimming, we suggest togs (kiwi for swimsuit!), a towel and a spare change of clothes.

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