Step into some of the most exclusive and untouched areas of wilderness in New Zealand.
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Lake Experiences

Hiking and Cruise with Chris Jolly

The Chris Jolly Outdoors guided hike and cruise combo is a package deal that takes you on an adventure from Kinloch to Kawakawa. A 4WD will collect you and your party and whisk you to the start of a scenic two-hour hike to Kawakawa Bay. Once you have journeyed to your collection point at the edge of Lake Taupō, take a deep breath and enjoy the western lake views before heading off. A stunning launch will take you across Lake Taupō’s azure waters on a gentle cruise into the Taupō Marina and you will be escorted home.

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Land Experiences

Guided Hiking with Chris Jolly

Step into some of the most exclusive and untouched areas of wilderness in New Zealand. As Gold Qualmark qualified partners, Chris Jolly Outdoors has access to 10,000 acres of pristine nature walks, untouched by the concrete ravages of the modern world. Choose between alpine hiking through volcanic fields and tall ridgelines, dense bush hikingthrough native flora, or bird watching hikes to experience New Zealand’s birdsong.


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Land Experiences

Guided Hunting with Chris Jolly

Journey deep into the New Zealand bush to find the ultimate hunting trophy in our wild fallow, sika and red deer breeds. Take in stunning vistas while you line up your shot. Chris Jolly Outdoors has led guided hunting adventures for 40 years. From novice to seasoned, our clients have sought our expertise from every corner of the globe. Whether your hunting aim is to secure a trophy to take home, or just enjoy the thrill of the chase in stunning natural surroundings, our expert guides have you covered.

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Land Experiences

Wild Perfection Owhaoko Hut Escape

Escape from city life and stay in our mountain cabin ‘Te Whare Ruruhau’. The cabin is located in Owhaoko, a series of rugged ranges in New Zealand’s Central Plateau.

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.

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Land Experiences

Guided Biking with Chris Jolly

Guided bike tours with our expert riding team here at Chris Jolly Outdoors are a magic way to spend time with your team, friends or loved ones on a trip away.

Whether you’re an adventure chaser or pleasure seeker, we’ve got you covered.

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Māori Rock Carvings
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Daily Scenic Cruises to the Ngātoroirangi Maori Rock Carvings.

Lake Experiences
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Chartering a boat on Lake Taupō is the ultimate escape.

Land Experiences
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Step into some of the most exclusive and untouched areas of wilderness in New Zealand.

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Waikare Aft Deck

Chris Jolly Outdoors can cater to all your group's outdoor entertainment needs.

River Experiences
he Taupō region is a fly fisherman's paradise, with over 600 kilometers of fishable water. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just getting started, there is a Chris jolly guided tour for you.

A trout fishing experience you will never forget in Taupō.

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.

Are there any native birds around Taupō?

Tui, Fantail and wax eyes are amongst the beautiful birdsong that serenades lake Taupō’s verdant native bush.

Does it get cold in Taupō?

Taupo can get to -1 or 2 degrees celsius in Wintertime, with icy winds coming straight off the central plateau mountains. It is best to pack woolly layers and definitely a wind/waterproof jacket.

Does anything dangerous live in or around Lake Taupō?

No, Taupō, and New Zealand, in general does not have any native or imported predators. There are very small poisonous spiders called the whitetail and katipo, but a quick GP visit and some antibiotics after a bite and you’ll be right as rain.

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)
What should I bring when hiking in Taupō?

The Essentials

  • Day pack with a waterproof liner
  • Drink bottle –  2 litres of water per day you will be out.
  • Packed lunch and snacks – if you are coming on a guided hike with us, we can cater your hike
  • Fully charged mobile phone ­
  • Personal medication, eg antihistamines, asthma inhalers
  • Extra base layer and socks
  • Rubbish bag
  • Map of the area you’ll be walking – if you are being guided you will not need this, we will direct you

Emergency equipment:

Our guides carry the following items

  • Basic first aid kit including hand sanitiser, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Head torch/torch and spare batteries in case you take longer than intended
  • Survival blanket to keep you warm in an emergency
  • Whistle in case your split up or need help
  • Extra high energy snack food
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