Waikare II Boat Charter With Chris Jolly Outdoors

Probably the most elegant of the fleet with romantic wooden interiors, copper fittings and a stylish downstairs bar, Waikare II is the ultimate venue for up to 35 people. This iconic lady has seen many famous faces cross her boards.  With split level entertaining areas, and beautiful outdoor spaces, Waikare is perfect for any activity and any function.

Trip Highlights

The most romantic of settings to share with your loved one on such a classic vessal gliding along Lake Taupō’s pristine waters.

What’s Provided:

Access to the very stylish fully stocked and licensed bar. Space availability for 12 people for seated dining, 35 people standing aboard. Able to be catered and a BBQ on board. A  professional sound system Skeet Shooting available on request as we are able to provide all the equipment. Four fishing lines and full fishing tackle and equipment onboard and split level entertaining.

Transport and Timing:

Trip time is negotiable with our team and depends on the length of your event. The Waikare II is moored at The Taupo Marina and your guests should arrive at Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour, on Redoubt Street to embark, we can, upon request collect you from your accomodation.

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The Chris Jolly Outdoors charter boat, The Waikare II

The Waikare II is an elegant traditional wooden interior outfitter 50 ft launch. She enjoys being taken out on Lake Taupō New Zealand’s pristine waters and is the ultimate venue for that cosy and exclusive event feel. The Waikare II can fit up to 35 people and is replete with romantic wooden interiors, copper fittings and a stylish downstairs bar. With split level entertaining areas and chic outdoor spaces, Waikare II adds a touch of class to the functions she entertains on her boards.

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Tips for what to bring on your voyage on the Waikare II:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Event appropriate clothing
  • Swimwear and a towel if you plan on swimming
  • Warm layers
  • Sunhat
  • Boat friendly footwear

Visiting Taupō 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!

Taupo Weather Preparation

The weather in this area can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be aware of the conditions before setting out on a Waikare II boat tour. Although the lake is generally calm, strong winds can sometimes whip up waves that make boating difficult or even dangerous. For these reasons, Waikare II advises its customers to check the weather forecast before embarking on a Lake Taupo cruise. By doing so, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

“Chris Jolly Outdoors made the whole process of booking and coming aboard an absolute breeze! Thanks for the hard mahi”

Waikare Ii in the lake taupo harbour

A Private Voyage on The Waikere II Charter Boat

Chris Jolly Outdoors offers a unique way to experience the beautiful Lake Taupo – by chartering a private boaat for an exclusive and private experience sailing across the smooth water in the Waikere II. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a unique way to spend time together, Chris Jolly Outdoors can help make it an unforgettable experience. The Waikere II charter boat is equipped with everything you need for a luxurious and opulent voyage. An experienced and attentive crew will be on hand to answer any questions and make sure you have a fabulous time. So if you’re looking for a romantic way to explore Lake Taupō, Chris Jolly Outdoors is the perfect choice.

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"This was an unbelievable experience! The crew on the boat were so informative, highly recommend"
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Fishing off your Chartered Waikare II Launch

For a truly unique fishing experience, head to Lake Taupo in New Zealand and hop aboard the Waikare II charter boat. You’ll be fishing for rainbow trout, and the best part is that they’ll cook your catch right in front of you so you can enjoy it fresh from the lake. With experienced guides from Chris Jolly Outdoors, you’re sure to have a fun and productive day out on the water. And what could be more rewarding than feasting on your own freshly caught trout? So come on down to Lake Taupo and book a charter today! Chris Jolly Outdoors provides all rods, reels tackle and lines. Four lines can be going at once! What are you waiting for?

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"My wife and I booked Waikare II for my birthday celebration. Firstly, I want to say that the day and experience was amazing, thank you! Everything was fantastic and everyone on board had a great time"
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The Waikare II Charter Boat, An Environmentally Friendly Refit

Chris Jolly Outdoors re-launched the Waikare II Charter Boat in 2018 with two brand new engines, replacing the 1970’s fit out from her history as a milk and mail delivery service to the bay of Islands. Originally built for military service for the Vietnam War in Mekong, she was never put to action and instead found a new home in Lake Taupo New Zealand. Enjoy the Waikare II’s rich history with your family and friends these school holidays and hire her out for a cruise along the vibrant birdsong filled bays of Lake Taupō

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Fit for Royalty, Entertaining Aboard The Waikare II

The Waikare II was bought to Taupo in 1989 by its then owner, Chris Jolly himself. The biggest vessal on Lake Taupo at the time, the impressive post war Vietnamese craft took to the trout filled waters for the first time. Since 1989, The Waikare II has hosted comedian Robin Williams, actor Michael J. Fox of Back to the Future fame and even, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

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Looking for an unforgettable adventure?

Then look no further than Chris Jolly Outdoors! We offer a range of gift vouchers that are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. From white-water rafting, to hiking, fishing and kayaking, we have something for everyone. And with our experienced guides, you’re guaranteed to have a safe and enjoyable experience. So what are you waiting for?

Call us today and book your adventure!

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A Vietnamese Charter Boat In Lake Taupō New Zealand

Waikare II is a charter boat that Waikare Charters operates in Lake Taupo, New Zealand. The Waikare II was originally built in Vietnam as a pleasure cruiser. After the Vietnam War, the Waikare II was brought to New Zealand and has been used as a charter boat ever since. The Waikare II is available for charter all year round, and Waikare Charters offers a variety of different charter options to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening cruise or a day out on the lake with friends, Waikare Charters has you covered. So if you’re interested in learning more about the Waikare II and its history, be sure to read our blog.

Read our blog on the History of the Waikare II and Lake Taupo

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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.

Have a closer look at our initiative

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


What is the best way to learn how to fly fish?

One of the best ways to learn how to fly fish is on a half-day flyfishing experience with a Chris Jolly Orvis endorsed guide.

Is Lake Taupō fresh water or salt water?

Fresh clear and largely drinkable water. We would recommend drinking from a stream as running water is best.

Can you swim in Lake Taupō?

We would advise a good quality wetsuit if you're going to attempt it in winter! but December through to March it is absolutely beautiful to get in to that fresh crystal clear water.

Can kids drive the boat?

Yes! If you ask the skipper nicely.

Is jumping into the lake allowed off the boat?

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

What should I pack for the boat?

It is always a good idea to pack the basics, sunscreen, insect repellent, a muesli bar or two, your own full water bottle, togs, a towel and a spare change of clothes and a warm jersey. The wind can go right through you on a boat so layering up is always pragmatic! A wise person packs a raincoat on a sunny day, just in case.

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