Take to the sky and experience Fly Fishing at its ultimate level.

Orvis endorsed Fly fishing guide, is fly fishing in a river off Lake Taupo New Zealand

Tailor-made Heli Transfer Trips for the Individual Angler

At Chris Jolly Outdoors, we tailor make each fly fishing experience for the angler, We offer helicopter transfers to some of the best trout fishing in New Zealand. Our expert fly fishing guides will ensure you have a full day of world-class fly fishing.

Experience Heli Transfer fly fishing like never before. We guarantee an unforgettable experience tailored just for you.

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What’s Included in Your Heli Fly Fishing Experience:

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation.
  • Exclusive helicopter access to remote wilderness rivers on the North Island.
  • Personalized guidance from an Orvis-endorsed fishing guide.
  • Top-quality Orvis-approved fishing gear, including rods, reels, waders, boots, and jackets (available upon request).
  • A selection of flies and leaders tailored to the local conditions.
  • Nutritious lunch, snacks, and refreshments, with accommodations for special dietary needs.
  • All necessary fishing licenses provided for your convenience.

Recommended Gear for Your Heli Fly Fishing Adventure:

  • Summer: Light layers for comfort, plus a fleece or light jersey for occasional breezes in shaded areas.
  • Winter: Thermal layers, preferably wool-based, complemented by a winter hat and gloves for warmth.
  • Footwear: Rubber-soled boots, ideally with plastic studs for better grip.

While outerwear is provided, feel free to bring any personal gear that suits your preference.

Exclusive Features of the Experience:

  • Scenic helicopter flights to and from fishing locations, offering spectacular photo opportunities.
  • The chance to catch trophy-sized Rainbow and Brown Trout.
  • Options for multi-day tours, including meals and overnight accommodations in unique settings.
  • Assurance of safety and comfort, with no dangerous wildlife or venomous creatures in the area.
  • English-speaking guides to enhance your experience.
“Orvis does a great job selecting only the best guides and lodges. I fully trust the Orvis endorsement.”  -J Morrill, VA
Guided Heli Fishing For Brown And Rainbow Trout In New Zealand

New Zealand North island backcountry heli fly fishing

Experienced angler looking for an unforgettable fishing trip? New Zealand’s backcountry is renowned the world over for its fly fishing, and with good reason – its vast wilderness rivers and streams are home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. With our orvis endorsed experienced guides on hand, you’re sure to experience some of the best new Zealand backcountry heli fly fishing of your life. Come and join us for an unforgettable fly-fishing adventure in New Zealand’s backcountry – you won’t regret it!

Orvis endorsed Fly Fishing Guide With A Rainbow Trout In Taupo New Zealand

When is the best time for your backcountry experience?

The backcountry rivers open from December 1st till the end of April. The rivers and streams consist of small pebbly and sandy bottoms through to larger, heavy flowing river waters.

With Helicopter access to the best New Zealand high country rivers, you will get access to pristine waters for brown and rainbow trout with an average weight of 1-2 kilos, with larger trophy trout up for grabs to the lucky few each season.

At Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides, we only use the best quality equipment to ensure a successful fishing day.

The Best Fly Fishing You’ll Ever Experience A True Angling Adventure

Fly fishing can be challenging and rewarding, but it’s not always easy to find the right guide or access prime locations. Not only is Chris Jolly Outdoors one of the most experienced fly fishing outfitters in New Zealand, but our helicopter transfers that will take you to some of the country’s best fly fishing spots. Our full-day guided fly fishing trips are perfect for anglers who want the most fly time on beautiful, unspoiled wilderness rivers. We’ll provide everything you need, from top-of-the-line gear to expert instruction.

Come fly fishing with Chris Jolly Outdoors and experience the best trout fishing in New Zealand.

We use the best quality equipment

If you’re looking for the best quality Helicopter fly fishing experience, look no further than Chris Jolly Outdoors. We only use the best equipment to make sure our guests have a great time fly fishing in New Zealand. Our guides are experienced and knowledgeable, and we’re proud to be Orvis Endorsed. You won’t find a better quality fly fishing experience anywhere else. fly fishing can be an incredible experience especially when you are deep in the backcountry, and we want to make sure you have the best possible time while you’re with us. That’s why we only use the best quality equipment.

"Share and celebrate the adventure and wonder in nature" - Orvis
An Orvis endorsed guide can help you have a successful fly fishing experience fishing for Brown And Rainbow Trout

Multi-day tours Heli fishing experience

Looking for more than one day on the water? Multi-day tours are the perfect way to experience all that New Zealand backcountry fishing has to offer. we can tailor an unforgettable Heli fishing experience just for you. get in touch with the team at Chris Joly outdoors to plan the ultimate Multi-day fishing adventure in New Zealand. You won’t regret it!

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Tongariro fly fishing New Zealand

Looking for the Ultimate fly fishing gift?

Looking for the perfect gift for the fly fishing enthusiast in your life? Give them the gift of an unforgettable experience with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Whether they’re a beginner or an experienced angler, our knowledgeable guides will ensure they get the most fly time on the river. We offer full-day guided fly fishing trips complete with VIP helicopter transfers, Orvis-endorsed equipment, and packed home-cooked picnic lunches.

Give them the gift of a lifetime with Chris Jolly Outdoors.


What We Offer

  • Private charter boats with catering/bar/fishing equipment and crew
  • Access to private land, water and know-how of local’s secret spaces
  • Functions, corporate events & team building

Reliable & Experienced

  • Over forty years in the central North Island tourism industry
  • We’re a family business, with local Taupō knowledge
  • Our staff are experienced adventure experts

Adventure Qualified

  • 5 Star Rated Gold Qualmark
  • Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides
  • Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice 2023
  • Partnered with Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Your Taupō Activity Partner

From beautiful lake views, to fishing crystal pools, to scenic hikes in the central North Island wilderness; Chris Jolly Outdoors are the go-to guides to tick off that bucket list.

In Taupō, the adventure possibilities are truly endless. We guarantee one thing – we’ll create a memorable experience for you that you’ll treasure forever.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have transport available?

Yes, we have helicopter transfers available from anywhere in NZ but can also arrange vehicle transfers from Auckland International or Taupo domestic terminals. Our hunting and fishing guided tours have helicopter options to them, with our hunting grounds being either a 90 minute drive or a 25 minute flight from Taupo CBD.

Where is the best fly fishing in NZ?

Right here with Chris Jolly Outdoors on Lake Taupō and the surrounding river mouths.

What is the maximum group size?

We can accommodate groups of all sizes, contact us about your group’s requirements and we can tailor a trip to suit you.

Do I need experience to go fly fishing in Taupō?

You don’t need any experience to go fly fishing with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman looking to catch a trophy trout, or a beginner wanting to learn the basics of fly fishing, we have an adventure for you.

Can I bring my own equipment?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own equipment! Anything you don’t have, we can supply for the best fishing experience.

What should I wear for fly fishing?

In summer we recommend wearing rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if possible, and light layers of clothing and bring a fleece or light jersey just in case.

In winter we recommend wearing thermal layers, preferably wool-based, winter hat and gloves. We provide outerwear but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it.

What is the best way to learn fly fishing?

Practice makes progress! We recommend learning how to fly fish on a half-day fly fishing experience with a Chris Jolly Orvis Endorsed guide.

Do I need a license to go fly fishing in Taupō?

Yes, you will need a New Zealand Sports Fishing Licence. We will supply all required licenses on our guided trips.

Can I wear felt-soled boots while fly fishing?

No. Felt-soled boots are banned in New Zealand as they can contribute to the spread of invasive species in our waterways. Learn more on the Fish and Game NZ site.

Do I need to clean my gear before and after fly fishing?

If you have fished in other waterways, you should always Check, Clean, Dry your kit to protect the waterways from invasive species.

Check – remove debris from your equipment. Clean – wash gear with detergent. Dry – If cleaning’s impractical, dry the item then leave drying for an additional 48 hours.

Learn more on the Fish and Game NZ site.

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 locals 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
  • Sunglasses – wear or pack, NZ has harsh sunlight
  • Gloves in polypropylene/wool – wear or pack for winter
  • Socks in polypropylene or wool (a spare pair is always a good idea)

Layer up your clothes:

  • 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
  • Exterior layer – Wind and waterproof jacket with hood – wear or pack depending on the weather (waterproof overtrousers optional)

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