Daily Scenic Cruises – Maori Rock Carvings

Our daily departing Lake Scenic Cruises leave from Berth 4 in the Taupo Boat Harbour on the modern and newly refurbished Cruise Cat catamaran. You’ll enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard a launch that offers fabulous views from both the top and bottom decks.

Our fully enclosed vessel offers protection from any weather (we can also turn on the heating in winter) and there are large outdoor decks to enjoy close up views of the Maori Rock Carvings. Booth style seating makes it an ideal choice for families of all ages and sizes. Children are welcome onboard at Chris Jolly’s, and we have colouring-in activity sheets and skipper certificates available. Cruise Cat is also wheelchair and push chair/stroller accessible.

Cruise Times :
10.30am, 1.30pm, 5.00pm (summer only)

Adult: $46
Child (5-16yrs): $18
Child (0-4yrs): FREE
Family (2A+2C): $114
Senior (65+ yrs): $40

Chris Jolly Outdoors is a family owned local business and we have been operating for over 35 years, so you’re in the hands of the experienced professionals when you book with us.

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10.30am Scenic Cruise –  daily year round.

1.5 hour scenic cruise. Nobody cruises further than our Cruise Cat.

Cruise to the famous Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo in style and comfort in our large catamaran. An informative commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo, and you’ll enjoy a complimentary hot homemade muffin and tea/coffee as you take in the fabulous views of secluded bays and the spectacular snow capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

Our newly refurbished Cruise Cat is the best and most comfortable boat on the lake to take coming into the cooler months. It is fully enclosed and wheelchair friendly with large outdoor decks allowing a closer view of the carvings.


1.30pm Scenic Cruise – Taste of Taupo – daily year round.

Our 1.30pm ‘Taste of Taupo’ scenic lake cruises are similar to our 10.30am morning cruises with a slight exception – we get to offer our guests a ‘Taste of Taupo’!

Cruise Cat will be fitted out with fishing lines so that when we stop at Jerusalem Bay, our crew will explain the various trout fishing techniques used on Lake Taupo and reel the lines in. More often than not, there would be a trout at the end of the line which we will cut up and serve to our guests sashimi style.

You might not be aware of this but you can’t buy trout at any restaurants so the only way to taste trout is to catch it yourself. Don’t miss the opportunity of experiencing a ‘Taste of Taupo’ so book yourself on our trip today!


5.00pm Summer Cocktail Hour Scenic Cruise – daily during summer.

From 7th December until end March 2016, we offer a summer cocktail hour scenic cruise out to the Maori Rock Carvings. All guests receive a  glass of beer or wine upon boarding, and our licensed bar will remain open for the duration of the cruise.  Delicious antipasto platters for two are available for purchase for $20 to enjoy as you take in the stunning vistas of the Lake Taupo region.  What a fantastic way to top off a day spent in the Taupo district! 1.5 hour cruise.





Sunday Brunch Cruise

Departs every Sunday at 10.30am 

The perfect Sunday morning activity on the Great Lake.  Cruise in comfort in on Lake Taupo, and get up close to the Maori Rock carvings and other historical points of interest on the Lake.   Enjoy a live and informative commentary and even have an opportunity to feed the ducks as they chase the boat for their morning bread!

Your onboard host will prepare a delicious full English breakfast – fresh fruit platter, sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, grilled tomatoes, toast, croissants, coffee and tea for you to enjoy. 2 hour cruise.

Adult: $64
Senior: $58
Child(5-16yrs): $36
Child (2-4yrs): $10



Totally Taupo

Departs Daily at 10.30am or 1.30pm (Allow 3 hours)

Start the day with a 1.5 hour Scenic lake Cruise with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Take in the fabulous views of secluded bays and the spectacular mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park as you cruise out to view the Maori Rock Carvings on board the Cruise Cat. Learn about the Maori mythology and history surrounding Lake Taupo with a live running commentary. Relax on board with a complimentary tea/coffee and a hot homemade muffin.

On arrival back at the Taupo Marina INFLITE Charters will transfer you to the helicopter for an exciting 12 minute scenic flight over the top end of Lake Taupo and township, Craters  of The Moon, Wairakei geothermal valley and Huka Falls before landing at the Hukafalls Jet base.

A 30 minute jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet will excite and entertain as you slide past cliffs and trees at an incredible 80km/hr before reaching the base of the spectacular Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.

  • 1.5 hour Scenic Lake Cruise with Chris Jolly Outdoors
  • Scenic helicopter flight with Inflite Charters from Taupo Airport to Hukafalls Jet.
  • 30 minute jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls

Not included: fishing licences, lunch and beverages


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The story of the rock carving of Ngatoroirangi begins with the artist’s grandmother.  Te Huatahu Susie Gilfbert of Ngati Tuwharetoa asked her grandson Matahi Whakataka Brightwell to create a likeness of her ancestor Ngatoroirangi on a totara tree to create a permanent connection for her family to the land.  When Matahi arrived in Taupo, there was no totara tree to carve, so he journeyed onto the lake for inspiration.

The rock alcove at Mine Bay became the canvas for one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings New Zealand has ever seen.  Surrounded by smaller sculptures depicting tupuna (ancestors) and kaitiaki (guardians), the carving now towers 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupo and is one of the North Island’s biggest tourist attractions.

"We had such a great time. Everybody loved the trip and we would like to do it again. we loved the fishing, the shooting,BBQ the friendliness 7 knowledge of the staff and Charlie brown is cool. we had such great weather as well. We have already recommended this trip to everyone in our company as something to do when in Taupo. Thanks so much for having us!"

− Sarah Middleton

"I would like to extend our gratitude to Simon, Ali, Emma and of course Charlie Brown for providing a fantastic day on board 'Supercat' yesterday. The Taupo staff fishing trip is a highlight in our calendar this year. The Claybird shooting, fishing and the dinner was fantastically organised and appreciated by all and we landed two Rainbow trout!"

− Neill Ross

"I wanted to send a quick note to thank you and your fine team for looking after our team. We all very much enjoyed our cruise and I might add the weather that day certainly enhanced the overall experience! We will keep in touch and look forward to working together again over what is shaping up to be a more positive summer season."

− Patrick Bourke,