The ultimate Fly Fishing and Raft Adventure.
Chris Jolly Outdoors has given Fly Fishing another dimension the ultimate full-day Orvis endorsed guided Fly Fishing and Raft Adventure. Access pools unreachable by air or foot and glide across rushing waters to claim your Trophy Rainbow Trout. Our expert guides have a passion for teaching beginners and experienced anglers alike the skills needed to be successful on the water, whether your an amateur fly fisher or you’re a seasoned pro. All gear, waders, boots, rods, reels, and flies are provided, as well as lunch, snacks, and drinks. Just bring your sense of adventure!
There is some fly fishing experience necessary for this experience.
Experience the Tongariro river
An incredible adventure for fly-fishing enthusiasts to get into some hard-to-access pools on the river. An excellent combination of ‘fun & fishin’; rapid rafting, beautiful scenery and crystal clear water. Anglers with varying capabilities are welcome, as the upper Tongariro river provides opportunities for everybody. The waters we take you to are flexible for all fly-fishing methods, from wet-lining and nymphing to dry flying in the afternoon sun. Nymphing is the most preferred method and ensures many solid hook-ups from deep swirly pools that even the best Polaroids can’t penetrate. A large terrestrial dry fly with a small natural off the bottom would also be a great option in the summer with good numbers of cicadas and evening mayfly hatches.
Guided Fly Fishing and Rafting Tour on the Tongariro river
Come join us on the Tongariro river for a guided tour that will take you to some of the best spots for fly fishing as well as white water rafting. Our experienced guides will show you the best techniques for Fly Fishing and help you navigate the rapids on the Tongariro river. Enjoy breathtaking natural scenery as you move along the river. This is a fly fishing and rafting adventure you won’t want to miss!
We know all the best fly fishing spots on the Tongariro river
Looking for the best fly fishing spots on the Tongariro river? Look no further than Chris Jolly Outdoors! Our Orvis endorsed fly fishing guides will take you on an unforgettable expedition to catch some of the world’s best trout. The Tongariro River is home to rainbow and brown trout, and our pristine waters are virtually untouched and teeming with fish.
What to Bring on Your Tongariro River Guided Fly Fishing Trip?
- Thermal layers, preferably wool-based
- Warm and dry change of clothes, you will get wet on the raft.
- Swimming clothes (Summer months)
- Polarised sunglasses
- Waterproof bag.
We will provide for your Raft and Fly Fishing Experience:
- Full-Day adventure rafting and fly fishing near Lake Taupō New Zealand
- Use of Orvis approved rods, reels, life jackets and helmets.
- Pick up and drop off from your accommodation
- Transport to the Fly Fishing Locations
- Fishing Licences
- Full day guiding includes lunch, snacks and refreshments (please advise in advance of dietary requirements)
- All necessary flies, leaders and tackle.
- Orvis endorsed guide provided
Helpful tips and facts for your Fly Fishing and Rafting adventure:
- Your guides are English speaking
- There is no dangerous game in NZ
- No poisonous insects or snakes or spiders (no snakes at all)
- No dangerous fish or animals, no freshwater sharks.
- Rivers are Fly Fishing only
- You’ll always receive the best Kiwi Hospitality!
The Tongariro River
The Tongariro River is home to premier fly fishing waters and therefore is regarded as one of the world’s finest trout fishing destinations. Rainbow and Brown Trout are thick in the Tongariro River waters and are known for their strength and great size. The challenge of trout fishing in this region is incredibly sought after by seasoned anglers, though the waters are varied enough for novice anglers as well. The Tongariro River is a major tributary of Lake Taupō and is New Zealand’s principal fishery, with thousands of trout spawning in its waters every year in wintertime.
Be Weather Wise On Your Tongariro River Fly Fishing Adventure
The weather on the Tongariro River varies from 2 to 22 degrees Celsius depending on the season. In the winter, it rarely snows at lake level, but the summer months can get quite humid, between 70-90%. So, when packing your bag, make sure to bring Thermal layers, preferably wool-based, polarized sunglasses, Sunscreen and a Warm and dry change of clothes. You will get wet on the raft, so swim clothes in the summer months are also a good idea. And finally, don’t forget your sense of adventure!
What type of Fly fishing can you do on the Tongariro River?
If you’re new to fly fishing, your Orvis-endorsed guide will work with you on the basics of wet lining, dry flying and nymphing. Wet lining is a great way to get started, and your guide will help you perfect your technique. Dry flying is a bit more advanced, but with some practice, you’ll be able to master it. Nymphing is a great way to fish for trout in the Tongariro river, and your guide will help you hone your skills.
40 Years of Fly Fishing Expertise in the Tongariro river.
Chris Jolly Outdoors has been taking fly fishing tours for 40 years, and we know the Tongariro river like the back of our hand. Rafting down this beautiful river, surrounded by native bush and wildlife, is an experience you’ll never forget. Our experienced guides will teach you everything you need to know about fly fishing, and we’ll make sure you have a great time doing it. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, we can customise a Rafting Adventure to suit your needs.
About Our Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides
Chris Jolly Outdoors is proud to be part of the Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides network. Founded in 1856, Orvis is the world leader in the outdoor discovery, with a trusted worldwide network of lodges, outfitters, guides, and services. each guide in the Orvis network takes pride in being part of the 160-year heritage, building lasting relationships, and educating new travellers about the importance of conservation and respect for the wilderness which affords their adventure. Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guides are held to the highest standards of professionalism, conservation, and customer service. When you book a guided fly fishing adventure with Chris Jolly Outdoors, you can be sure that you’re in good hands. Our guides are passionate about fly fishing and sharing their knowledge with others.
We only use the best quality equipment
Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides are experienced professionals who can provide you with everything you need to have a successful day on the water. Orvis approved equipment is of the highest quality, and we’ll make sure that you have everything you need to be successful. Orvis approved equipment includes rods, reels, life jackets and helmets. We also provide all of the necessary flies, leaders and tackle.
Tailor-made Trips for the Individual Angler
No matter what your fly fishing experience or needs are, we can tailor a trip to suit you. Whether you’re looking for a challenging fight on the Tongariro River or a relaxing day on a smaller stream, we can provide an adventure that’s perfect for you. Our experienced guides will make sure that you have everything you need to enjoy a successful day on the water.
Chris Jolly Outdoors is home to premier Orvis fly fishing guiding specialists who are ready and waiting to take you on this white water rafting adventure, So what are you waiting for? Book your trip today!
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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