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 Taupo, take a deep breath and enjoy the western lake views before heading off. A stunning launch will take you across Lake Taupo’s azure waters, while you lunch on sumptuous food on deck. Wine and beverages will be provided to you and your party and afterwards, you will have the option to either fish, skeet shoot, visit the Maori rock carvings or all three. A gentle cruise into the Taupo Marina and you will be escorted home. Please note our guests must have a medium fitness level for the hiking section. The entire journey will take 5 hours excluding travel time to and from your accommodation.Learn More
New Zealand Wilderness
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.
Escape from city life and stay in our mountain cabin Te Whare Ruruhau which translated from Maori means, a place of shelter, refuge, and protection). Our Te Whare Ruruhau 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.Learn More
Māori Rock Carvings
Daily Scenic Cruises to the Ngātoroirangi Maori Rock Carvings
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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
I’m planning on going hiking while in Taupō, what should I bring?
- Day pack with a waterproof liner (no one likes wet clothes)
- Drink bottle – 2 litre, per day you will be out.
- Packed lunch and snacks – if you are coming on a guided hike with us here at Chris Jolly Outdoors we can cater your hike
- Fully charged mobile phone
- Personal medication, eg antihistamines, asthma medication
- 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:if you are coming on a guided hike with us here at Chris Jolly Outdoors we will make sure to have the following list on hand.
- 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
Are there any native birds around Taupō?