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Lake Taupo Charter Chris Jolly Outdoors Cruise Cat

Daily 10.30am Maori Carvings Scenic Cruise

Enjoy our Daily 10.30 am Scenic Cruise of Maori Carvings on Lake Taupō. Get up close and personal to the Ngātoroirangi Māori carvings, and appreciate the culture and craftsmanship in a relaxed setting. Take a stunning tour of Lake Taupō’s bays as you cruise along the coastline. The journey is 90 minutes with an extended viewing time and educational commentary of both the region, history and cultural significance of the carvings themselves. Enjoy a homemade muffin and a hot beverage of your choice, this is included in the price of your admission. Join us, and let our passionate tour guides and skipper make your holiday.

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The Central Plateau New Zealand

Guided Hiking With Chris Jolly

Step into some of the most exclusive and untouched areas of wilderness in New Zealand. As Gold Qualmark qualified partners, Chris Jolly Outdoors has access to 10,000 acres of pristine nature walks, untouched by the concrete ravages of the modern world. Choose between alpine hiking through volcanic fields and tall ridgelines, dense bush hikingthrough native flora, or bird watching hikes to experience New Zealand’s birdsong.

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Mountain Stream near Lake Taupo

Guided Fly Fishing Half-Day

Enjoy a half day of guided fly fishing with the experienced team here at Chris Jolly Outdoors. The Central North Island of New Zealand harbours world-class fly fishing waters.  We are Orvis endorsed for excellence, let our Orvis endorsed fly fishing guides take you on an unforgettable expedition to experience some of the best trout fishing the world has to offer. As the biggest lake in the southern hemisphere, Lake Taupō contains the prized rainbow and brown trout, fresh for the taking in pristine virtually untouched waters. You need this experience.

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10.30 am Scenic Cruise on Lake Taupō

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Guided Fly Fishing Half-Day

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Hiking and Cruise With Chris Jolly

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Huka Jet and Cruise Combo

Lake Taupo Charter Levante Riviera 4000 Offshore Sedan

Charter Our Levante On Lake Taupō

Guided Bike Adventure On The Timber Trail In Taupo With Chirs Jolly Ourdoors

Guided Biking With Chris Jolly

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Guided Hunting With Chris Jolly

Lake Taupo Charter Chris Jolly Outdoors Cruise Cat

Charter Our Cruise Cat On Lake Taupō


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.

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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.

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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


Do you have team building?

We can absolutely cater to your team-building needs, whether it be a big friend group or a company looking to get their staff united. Our packages can be tailored to suit your business's team-building objectives and of course, your budget requirements. Our boats are capable of entertaining groups of anywhere between 2 and 140 people. Activities available onboard are fishing, clay bird shooting, paddling boarding and of course practising the ultimate Manu. Being aboard our boats in the middle of the lake ensures both privacy and exclusivity! What goes on tour, stays on tour.

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.

Is Lake Taupō a volcano?

Lake Taupō is actually the crater of what was an enormous volcano. Lake Taupō is now the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, and the southern hemisphere. Lake Taupō is roughly the size of Singapore and the eruption was one of the largest volcanic eruptions earth has had in the last 5000 years. If you skydive above Lake Taupō on a clear day, you can see the edges of the entire North Island!

What is the Huka Falls?

A truly mighty 11-metre waterfall. It is said to be the most visited natural attraction in all of New Zealand, and it's free! Experience the foaming falls from all of the different viewing platforms to fully appreciate their power, or book in for a Huka Jet Boat ride and Scenic Cruise to get your adrenaline pumping!

Does anything dangerous live in or around Lake Taupō?

Taupō, and New Zealand in general have no native or imported predators, there is one kind of poisonous spider (very small) called the whitetail, but a quick GP visit and some antibiotics after a bite and you'd be right as rain. It is the reason why we have So many gloriously fat fish and large flightless birds. The biggest threat to New Zealand's ecosystem is introduced vermin such as ferrets, cats, possums and rats.

What do the smaller sculptures around the Māori carvings represent?

The smaller sculptures surrounding Ngātoroirangi depict tupuna (ancestors) and kaitiaki (guardians) that are pivotal to the history of the local Māori tribe.

How big are the Ngātoroirangi rock carvings?

The Ngātoroirangi rock carvings are a staggering 14 meters tall, they were created by sculptor Matahi Brightwell and reflect his ancestry.

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