Deals, News and Special Offers

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 secure your party or staff do on Waikare II before it’s all booked up!

Read more about it on Stuff

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

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

As winter approaches the Tongariro National Park mountains get blanketed in snow, creating a stunning winter wonderland. It’s one of the best times to head out onto the lake to appreciate this spectacular landscape.

We’ve got a great family winter 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