Deals, News and Special Offers

Two Kids Go FREE This School Holidays!!

School holidays are here again! Wondering what to do with all that extra time with the kids? Why not take them on a scenic cruise! This school holidays, two kids (5-17 years) get to go FREE for every paying adult on all our daily scenic cruises. Valid during the school holidays from 13 – 28 April 2019.

Book a scenic cruise now!

Help Preserve The Maori Rock Carvings, A National Treasure

The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo, one of the North Island’s national taonga and biggest tourist attractions, needs your help. Master carver Matahi Whakataka Brightwell, who is the artistic creator of the iconic Maori Rock Carvings, wants to improve and restore the carvings.

As most acclaimed artists know, acquiring enough funding to create and restore can be a struggle, so we are asking New Zealand to ‘Give a Little’ to help with the renovation and restoration of the Maori Rock Carvings which will take place over the next few months.

Please New Zealand, let’s ‘Give a Little’ to help Brightwell restore and preserve this beautiful national Taonga.

Read more about it on our Give-a-Little page.

Newly Refurbished Waikare II Perfect For Your Corporate Parties

Waikare II, which was built for the Vietnam War, has undergone a major refurbishment and is now ready for corporate hospitality.

Two new fuel-efficient engines had replaced Waikare II’s 50-year-old diesel engines, making the boat more environmentally friendly and super quiet. There’s hardly any noise now while cruising so trout don’t stand a chance! Waikare II has also been spruced up with a new coat of paint and is looking mighty fine inside and out.

The newly refurbished boat is available for private charters so call 0800 252 628 to book your Christmas party or staff do on Waikare II before it’s all booked up!

Read more about it on Stuff

Kids Go FREE This Summer

Great news for parents this summer! We are offering a fantastic summer deal where 2 school age kids (5-17 years) get to go FREE for every paying adult on all our 5pm Summer Cocktail Cruise from 19 Nov 2018 – 31 March 2019.

The warmer weather and longer days will be a perfect time to cruise out on Lake Taupo to view the magnificent Maori Rock Carvings so secure your spot now for the most popular activity in Taupo.

Book a 5pm cruise

Don’t be the boss that ruins Christmas…

Book your Christmas party with Chris Jolly Outdoors so your night won’t be boooo…ring…

Swimming, fishing, clay bird shooting, licensed full bar, dancing and full privacy on the boat.

At Chris Jolly Outdoors, we know how to host a great party!

So don’t be the boss that ruins Christmas…

Call us at 0800 252 628 or email to secure your spot.

Ps – click the audio below to hear our latest quirky ad!

Chris Jolly Outdoors Awarded Best Tourism Team!

Wow what can we say….. first of all being a finalist for ‘Innovation in Customer Experience’ and ‘Best Tourism Team’, was an honour in itself and we thank you for the nomination. Coming away from the 2018 Stella Awards with a WIN in ‘Best Tourism Team’ was amazing as we were up against fantastic businesses and their teams. We thank our staff so much for all the hard work they do for Chris Jolly Outdoors. Our team is the back bone for the business and we are lucky to have them all onboard.

Check out other 2018 Stella Awards finalists

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, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, baked beans and good old Vegemite 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!

A Dutch-Styled Beer, Made Right Here

Our director Simon Jolly likes a good beer just like most Kiwi men and women, but he wanted to craft something that reflected the freshness of Lake Taupo. His ‘Jolly Pilsener’ is a refreshing Dutch-style craft beer made from the pristine waters of Lake Taupo, lovingly brewed right here in Taupo by Chris Jolly staff and served cold to you.

Jolly Pilsener is now available on any of our scenic cruise trips. Next time you are cruising with us, you’ll need to try it!

Chris Jolly Outdoors Family Special

The warmer weather, longer days and stunning mountain 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 summer 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 (5-17yrs). Normally $128, 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

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.