Take advantage of Chris Jolly and Huka Jet teaming up to offer you an adventure combo
The Huka Jet Combo
Chris Jolly Outdoors Taupō and the team at Huka Jet Taupō have teamed up to offer you a double adventure. Depart from the Taupō Marina at the luxury sleep in hour of 10.30 am and head off onto the lake in Chris Jolly’s Cruise Cat for a gentle scenic ride to view the famous Maori Rock Carvings of Mine Bay. Take a bite of a home made muffin and a sip of tea before returning to take a 30 minute adrenaline rush aboard the Huka Jet as it speeds along the Waikato River to view the awesome power of Huka Falls Taupō. Taste all that New Zealand has to offer and book now.
Huka Jet Combo: Lake Taupō Cruise and Huka Jet Boat Experience
- Double adventure
- Departs Taupō Marina 10.30 AM
- Cruise Cat journey to see the Maori Rock Carvings
- Live commentary
- Homemade muffin and beverage onboard the cruise
- 90 minute cruise
- 30 minute Huka Jet boat ride
- Epic photo opportunities at every turn
Take in scenic vistas on the stunning Lake Taupō before chasing adrenaline along the Waikato River
Visiting Taupo New Zealand? Some helpful Information:
- The Chris Jolly staff are English speaking
- There is no dangerous marine life dwelling in the lake.
- No poisonous insects or snakes or spiders (no snakes at all)
- New Zealand is underneath the hole in the Ozone layer, therefore the UV rays are harsher than in other countries.
- You’ll always receive the best Kiwi Hospitality!
Be Weather Wise On Your Adventure
Weather in Taupō varies from 2 to 22 degrees Celsius depending on the season. It rarely snows in the Winter at lake level with the Summer months able to get quite humid, between 70-90%. Bearing this in mind, please bring seasonally appropriate clothing and polarized sunglasses.
The Huka Jet Experience
Your jet boat experience at Hukafalls Jet departs at 1pm.
Check-in at the base 15 minutes prior to your departure time, 200 Karetoto Road, Taupō. You may get a little wet while jet boating, so make sure to bring a jacket and wear warm clothing should it be a cold day.
The Waikato river is damned to allow this thrilling ride to the base of the falls, be amazed by the white waters as they tumble ferociously down the maw of the riverbed.
About 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, Taupo has it all, and we’re here to guide you through it.
History of the Māori Rock Carvings
The Ngātoroirangi story begins with Te Huatahi Susie Gilbert of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Susie asked her grandson Matahi Whakataka Brightwell to create a likeness of her ancestor Ngātoroirangi on a totara tree to create a permanent connection for her family to the land. When Matahi arrived in Taupō, there was no totara tree to carve, so he journeyed onto the lake for inspiration and found the rock alcove at Mine Bay. The alcove then became the canvas for one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in New Zealand. Ngātoroirangi is surrounded by smaller sculptures depicting tupuna (ancestors) and kaitiaki (guardians). Ngātoroirangi towers 14-metres above Lake Taupō and is regarded as a significant North Island tourist attraction. Ngātoroirangi is a true showpiece of New Zealand’s cultural artistic ability.
Let loose, let yourself take a chance on a journey full of wonder and adrenaline click here to make it happen.
Reliable and Experienced
After forty years in the industry, spending time with the team at Chris Jolly Outdoors is like coming home to someone you can trust
- We’re a family just like you, headed by Simon Jolly with a number of the Jolly clan still working within the team
- We’re a bunch of fishing, hiking, boating, biking, bush experts with experienced staff who can teach you a lot about the Taupo region.
- Our Fly fishing guides are Orvis endorsed, a globally recognised mark of excellence
- Gold Qualmark rated (5 star rating NZ)
- Specialists in corporate, entertainment and bespoke itineraries in Taupō’s Outdoors.
- Partners with Ngāti Tūwharetoa (TMGH) with a focus on growing Māori Tourism for Taupō
- Proud conservationists with the future of our stunning Lake Taupo forefront in our minds
An Exceptionally Unique Team
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 certain; we will create a memorable experience for you that you’ll treasure forever. Put yourself in the picture with us, book with us today.
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
- Experts in the outdoors – fly fishing, hiking, biking, hunting and cruising
- Corporate events & team building
- Venue hire on the water – whatever it is, from Nana Beryl’s 80th to your Christmas party, we can make it happen, leave the logistics to us
Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell shares his story
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What clothing is best for hiking, hunting, fishing or being outdoors in Taupō?
Conditions are changeable in Taupō, so it's best to be prepared! The local's joke that Taupō can have four seasons in a day!
- Hiking boots with good ankle support and grip, or other sturdy footwear
- Sun hat or warm beanie – pack one and wear the other (we lose 70% of heat through our heads alone!)
- Sunglasses – wear or pack, NZ has harsh sunlight.
- Base layer: top and leggings in polypropylene/wool, quick dry shorts or pants
- Mid layer: long-sleeved top in wool or polar fleece – wear or pack depending on the weather
- Gloves in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack, only in Winter really.
- Socks in polypropylene or wool ( a spare pair is always a good idea)
A good exterior layer:
- Wind and waterproof jacket with hood – wear or pack depending on the weather
- Waterproof overtrousers optional
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