Deals, News and Special Offers

Kids go FREE this Oct 2019 School Holidays

Back by popular demand, school going children get to go cruising for FREE again this school holidays!

Two school going children aged 5-18 years get to go free with one full fare paying adult.
Valid on all our daily Lake Taupo scenic cruises during the school holidays from 28 Sept – 13 Oct 2019.

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New Product – Snowshoeing in New Zealand’s Central Plateau

Imagine yourself in a winter wonderland in the Central Plateau taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Snowshoeing is an adventure in the snow using special snowshoes to prevent sinking in soft snow and provide grip when the snow is hard or icy. It is simply walking in snowy conditions.

Our exclusive Snowshoeing New Zealand packages are for virtually anyone, offering you the freedom to explore a pristine winter landscape you will never forget.

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Our Very Own Bear Grylls Featured

Our legendary Pete Hitchman, the man behind our wilderness and snowshoeing adventures, have been featured in Stuff’s travel lifestyle section. Find out how this intriguing man went from looking after Duran Duran to creating amazing experiences in the great outdoors.

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Bear Grylls with Pete Hitchman

New Product – Survival Wilderness Experience

In order to help you be a little more prepared in unwanted situations, Chris Jolly Outdoors is offering an Interactive Survival Walk where you will learn basic survival skills from finding water and food to building shelters. Our guide will show you how you can fully utilise the items you have on you and other discarded items you may find around you.

Get in touch with your inner explorer as you learn to survive off the land, with nothing but a knife and a few items on hand. Learn about the native New Zealand bush, and most importantly how you can survive in the wild in your own natural environment. You will go through a fun and empowering learning process of show me, help me, let me. Be assured that you will leave with a set of skills you can take with you anywhere in the world.

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Kids go FREE this Summer

Great news for those who like to plan ahead. This summer, school going children get to go cruising for FREE!

Two school going children aged 5-18 years get to go free with one full fare paying adult.
Valid on our 5pm Lake Taupo scenic cruises from 2 Dec 2019 – 31 Mar 2020.

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Stuff’s 10 Epic Adventures in Taupo

So awesome that Chris Jolly Outdoors made it on Stuff’s 10 Epic Adventures for families in Taupo. When you’re in town, don’t forget to hop on a scenic cruise with us to view one of the country’s most magnificent Māori rock carvings that is only accessible by boat.

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Maori Rock Carvings Taupo

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!

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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.

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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

Winter and Spring is when 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 spring special going on for our daily departing 10.30am and 1.30pm Lake Taupo scenic cruise trips to the Maori Rock Carvings – only $120 for 2 adults and 2 children (5-17yrs). Normally $138, that’s a saving of up to $18!

Come down and see us on board Cruise Cat or book online or via phone at 0800 252 628 to secure your spots.

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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.

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