The Chris Jolly Outdoors Incentive Escape

Enjoy experiencing the great outdoors with your team. Let Chris Jolly Outdoors handle all the admin so you can focus on rewarding your employees for their years of hard work. Take them on a day trip, evening cruise, or both on the scenic Lake Taupo.

Trip Highlights

The view of the trio of snow-capped mountains, Ruapehu, Nhaurahoe and Tongariro, fat Trout for the taking and the native flora and fauna of Taupōs surrounds.

What’s Provided:

Our boat charters include access to a fully stocked and licensed bar, the use of  Smart TVs and free Wifi and professional sound systems. All fishing equipment is provided on all of the fly fishing tours and boat options– we can fish 4 lines at a time and can provide a galley if you would like your trip catered. For guided hunting and biking and hiking we can provide bikes, wet weather gear and firearms.

Transport and Timing:

Trip time is negotiable with our team and depends on the length of your event. All of our charter boats are moored at The Taupo Marina, Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour, on Redoubt Street, otherwise we can arrange transport from your accommodation should you choose a land-based activity.

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The Owhaoko Cabin, Te Whare Ruruhau Experience

Take your team and escape from city life and stay in our mountain cabin Te Whare Ruruhau which translated from Maori means, a place of shelter, refuge, and protection). Our Te Whare Ruruhau cabin is located in Owhaoko, a series of rugged ranges in New Zealand’s Central Plateau and can sleep 4. Our can escape is so exclusive, private and secluded that it is only accessible by helicopter. Enjoy the scenic wilderness, and gaze at a vista as untouched as our modern world allows. Your escape awaits.

The Heli Fly Fishing Experience

Central North Island harbours world-class fly fishing waters. We are Orvis endorsed for excellence, let our Orvis endorsed fly fishing guides take you on a Chris Jolly premiere fly fishing heli adventure in an unforgettable journey through the best trout fishing NZ has to offer in Lake Taupō and surrounds. The biggest lake in the southern hemisphere has world-class brown and rainbow trout for the taking. Benefit from years of experience with your own expert guide, as you traverse pristine rivers to take home your prize. You need this experience. From full-day tours through to multi-day adventures we can accommodate various angler experience levels, though bear in mind this is not a novice level trip.

The Cruise Cat Lake Taupō Scenic Boating Experience

Enjoy our Daily Scenic Cruise to the 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.

What can my incentive package include?

  • A completely flexible itinerary of all the Chris Jolly Outdoors for your team’s escape, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, boating rafting and even on boat clay bird shooting.
  • A choice of five boats to charter privately.
  • Catering options
  • Accommodation options
  • Half, single or multi-day trips
  • Heli transfers
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View From The Top of hike Lake Taupo

Kinlock to KawaKawa Walk

Starting in Kinloch, it is a relatively easy 10-kilometre walk through a native fern track overlooking Lake Taupō. Arriving at Kawakawa Bay itself is a near semi-circle of water on Lake Taupō with a narrow shore of grass and a stony beach. The whole walk takes about three hours.

Simon Jolly from Chris Jolly Outdoors will be waiting to take you out onto the water past the carvings at Mine Bay ad back to the main centre of Taupō.

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Let Chris Jolly Outdoor's veritable plethora of adventure-filled activities be the catalyst your team needs to put them over the edge of that productivity cliff into creative free fall. Solidify their strength as a cohesive unit with our tailored team bonding activities. Escape with them from the hustle and bustle of everyday office life, reward their efforts with a memorable adventure, and discover and explore together with Chris Jolly Outdoors.
Guided Bike Tour With Chirs Jolly Ourdoors

Take Your Team Mountain Biking:

Our guided biking tours can cater to the adventure thrill chasers and the more leisurely pleasure-seeking holidaymakers. From alpine Aotearoa expert level trails to the gentle great lake walkway, Chris Jolly Outdoors is happy to accommodate the needs of your team on your nature escape. Who said your boardroom needed to be immovable? Discuss team meetings on the ride, let nature be your boardroom.

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Why Escape to Lake Taupō?

The Great Lake Taupō is nestled in the centre of a plentiful volcanic and geothermal oasis. Enjoy panoramic mountain and lake views, explore the nearby ranges, or journey 20 minutes south to a colour ridden desert.

The Central Plateau is an area known for its nature-based tourism and extraordinary hot pools. Chris Jolly Outdoors is proud to showcase Taupō’s range of hidden gems. Whether you want to meander through open plains or chase adrenaline, Taupō has it all, and we’re here to guide your team through it.

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Fishing off the Levante with Chris Jolly Outdoors

Learn to Fish with Chris Jolly

Learn to fish with your team on your incentive escape! Taupo is world-renowned for its fly fishing, and there’s no better way to experience it than with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Our guides are Orvis-endorsed and know the best spots to catch trophy trout. You’ll have the chance to fish in pristine waters that will make your experience unforgettable. With everything you need included in the trip, all you have to do is show up and enjoy the thrill of fly fishing. We provide top of the line gear and experienced guides who will help you every step of the way. So come experience fly fishing at its finest with us today. You won’t regret it!

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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.

More about us

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 cater to all dietary requirements?

Absolutely, with a little notice we can make sure that all members of your group are adequately catered for.

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.

Do you do any kind of corporate team building?

We can absolutely cater to team building needs. 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 jumping into the lake allowed off the boat?

It is encouraged! Show us your best bomb, the more water spray, the better.

Contact Us

in New Zealand

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from overseas

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