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

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 pack for the boat?

Bring the basics: sunscreen, insect repellent, a muesli bar or two, your own filled water bottle, and a warm jersey. The wind can go right through you on a boat so layering up is always a good idea!If you'd like to go swimming, we suggest togs (Kiwi for swimsuit!), a towel and a spare change of clothes.

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.

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.

What fish can be caught on Lake Taupō?

Lake Taupō offers great fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout.

Do I need to register entry to the site?

All visitors and contractors must register entry or head directly to CJO visitor parking & office.

Can I get a permanent pass?

If you are a regular visitor to our boat yard please contact us at boatyard@chrisjolly.co.nz

Who is responsible for health and safety on site?

Everybody is responsible for their own and others health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

What do I do in the event of an emergency?

In the event of an emergency, raise the alarm by notifying other personnel, exit to the designated assembly point at the front gate, and call 111.

What do I do if there is a risk/incident on the boat yard?

If you have a safety issue or need to report a safety risk/incident, please speak with Chris Jolly Outdoors Office.

Will I need bug spray in Taupō?

Yes, we recommend insect repellant. Lake Taupō is prone to midges and mosquitos that near the lake's edge, especially at dusk. Lake Taupō doesn't have any dangerous insects, just pesky ones.

Can you swim anywhere in Lake Taupō?

Most of Lake Taupō is safe to swim in. When chartering a boat with Chris Jolly, your skipper and team for the day will advise the best swimming spots on the day.

Does it snow in Taupō?

Typically, it doesn't snow in Taupō, but there is always snow on the mountains in the Tongariro National Park, south of Taupō, during the winter months.

What is the water temperature of Lake Taupō?

The temperature varies throughout the year, from around 23°C (73°F) in summer, to 11°C (52°F) in winter months.

Can kids drive the boat?

Yes! If you ask the skipper nicely.

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.

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.

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.

How do I book a trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors?

You can book a trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors by either calling us on +64 7 378 0623, emailing us at bookings@chrisjolly.co.nz or filling in the form above to make an enquiry. If you want to book a cruise to the Māori Rock carvings, head over to the experience page to see the cruise times.

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.

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.

What is the location of the guided river rafting trips?

Our guided river rafting trips are on the beautiful Tongariro River, near Tūrangi. The river offers great fly fishing for trout, rated one of the top 10 fly fishing destinations in the world. Rafting down the Tongariro is a great way to experience the beauty of this river and its surroundings.

What fish can be caught in the Tongariro River?

The Tongariro River offers great fly fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout.

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.

What kind of equipment do I need for fly fishing?

Our guided trips includes all required gear such as rods, reels, waders, boots, flies and leaders. If you'd like to bring your own kit we recommend: In summer bring 5-7 wt rods (9 or 10 ft), breathable waders or wet wading if the conditions are right, rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if necessary. In winter bring 6-8 wt. rods 9-10 ft, bad weather gear, such as a waterproof fishing jacket, wool layers, winter hat, and gloves. Please note- No felt-soled boots! Felt soles are banned in New Zealand.

Can I bring my own food and drink on the trip?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink on the trip. Our full day guiding rafting and fly fishing adventure includes lunch, snacks and refreshments - please advise in advance of dietary requirements.

Do you provide life jackets?

Yes, we provide life jackets for all participants on the trip. You are required to wear a life jacket at all times while on the river.

How long does the trip last?

Our guided river rafting fly fishing trips are a full day of adventure - be prepared for 8 hours or more.

What is the best time of year to go fly fishing in the Tongariro River?

The best time of year to go depends on what type of trout you're hoping to catch. The brown trout is most active during the winter months, while the rainbow is more active during the summer. If you're looking for a challenging fight, then winter is the best time to go fly fishing on the Tongariro River. If you're looking for something more relaxing, then summer may be a better option. Fishing seasons: Lower reaches - 1 July to 30 June; Mid reaches - 1 December to 31 May; Upper reaches - 1 October to 30 June

Do I need a license to go fly fishing in the Tongariro River?

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

What can I expect on a guided fly fishing trip?

On a guided fly fishing trip, you can expect a full day of adventure including 8 hours or more on the water. The river offers great fly fishing for trout. Our experienced guides will make sure that you have everything you need to enjoy a successful day on the water.

Is it necessary to have polarized sunglasses when fly fishing?

No, but we do recommend to bring them on your fly fishing adventure. Polarized sunglasses can be helpful when fly fishing, as they will help you to better see beneath the water's surface. This can be helpful when trying to spot trout and make accurate casts.

What is the best time of year to go fly fishing around Lake Taupō?

The best time of year to go fly fishing in rivers and streams in the Lake Taupō region is from October to May - this is when the weather is most stable and the fish are biting.

What type of fish can be found in the rivers around Lake Taupō?

The rivers and streams around Lake Taupō are home to Rainbow and Brown Trout. These fish can range in size from 1-2 kg, with a few trophy fish up for grabs each season.

Do I need a licence to go fly fishing in Turangi?

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

What is the difference between a guided and unguided fly fishing trip?

A guided fly fishing trip is where you will be supplied with a license and all the necessary equipment, and an expert guide will take you to the best spots for trout fishing. An unguided fly fishing trip is where you rent the equipment and do not have a guide.

What is the average weight of the trout caught in Turangi?

The average weight of the trout caught in Turangi is 1-2kg.

Are there any trophy fish that can be caught in Turangi?

Yes, there are trophy brown and rainbow trout that can be caught in Turangi. These fish can weigh up to 2 kilos.

What is the best way to increase my chances of success when fly fishing?

The best way to increase your chances of success when fly fishing is to book a guided trip with our Orvis-endorsed guides.

What is the weather like in Turangi during October to May?

The weather in Turangi during October to May is stable and ranges from 2-22 degrees Celsius. This is the perfect time of year for fly fishing.

Can you cater to all dietary requirements?

Yes! With a little notice we can make sure that all members of your group are adequately catered for.

Do you have team building?

We can absolutely cater to your team-building needs, whether it be a big friend group or a company looking to get their staff united. Our packages can be tailored to suit your business's team-building objectives and of course, your budget requirements. Our boats are capable of entertaining groups of anywhere between 2 and 140 people. Activities available onboard are fishing, clay bird shooting, paddling boarding and of course practising the ultimate Manu. Being aboard our boats in the middle of the lake ensures both privacy and exclusivity! What goes on tour, stays on tour.

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.

Is Lake Taupō a volcano?

Lake Taupō is a caldera volcano. Its last eruption about 1800 years. These days, Lake Taupō is the largest freshwater lake in the southern hemisphere.

What are the Huka Falls?

The Huka Falls are a truly mighty 11-metre waterfall. It is said to be the most visited natural attraction in all of New Zealand! Experience the foaming falls from the banks of the Waikato River for free, or book the Huka Falls Jet and Scenic Cruise combo to get your adrenaline pumping and see the falls up close!

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 do the smaller sculptures around the Māori carvings represent?

The smaller sculptures surrounding Ngātoroirangi depict tupuna (ancestors) and kaitiaki (guardians) that are pivotal to the history of the local Māori tribe.

How big are the Ngātoroirangi rock carvings?

The Ngātoroirangi rock carvings are a staggering 14 meters tall.

How old are the Māori carvings?

The Ngātoroirangi carvings are over 40 years old. They took four years to complete and were finished in 1980.

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.

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.

When is the best time to go fly fishing in Taupō?

From May through to October, the trout spawning gears up and runs upstream into the Taupo rivers. From May onwards and through the following months of winter is a top time to head to fish Lake Taupo and its rivers. If you want a large trophy or very tasty Rainbow or Brown Trout, this is the time to gear up and go!

Where is the best fly fishing in NZ?

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

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.

What if I want to take a hunting trophy home?

If you were lucky enough to bag your shot, your guide will be happy to cape and salt your trophy/trophies for you. If you would like your trophy mounted, that can be arranged here in NZ and we can arrange to have it dispatched freight forward by air to your specified destination. We will complete all necessary documentation for you so that it is all taken care of!

What should I bring hunting?

There's a list! Although we provide all firearms, food and transport to and from the hunting ground (on our one day tours). We do not provide a firearms licence. By NZ law, visiting hunters bringing their own firearms must obtain a firearms tourist licence from the NZ police at the International airport on their arrival. Visiting hunters, however, using our firearms does not require a licence as our guides are fully licenced. If you choose a multi-day drip we will also provide bedding, food and beverages. We can accommodate all dietary requests so long as we are made aware of them ahead of time. All that aside, please bring:
  • Camouflage clothing
  • Woollen based clothing
  • Additional layers
  • Woollen hat and gloves
  • A rain jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Boots, sturdy with good grip - trainers/runners are not boots.

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.

Is it possible to take home venison on the hunting trip?

Yes! Subject to you or your guide hitting the target on your hind or stag. Venison is a lovely lean meat, perfect for a BBQ lunch, or steak dinner with the fam. Pair with a fresh green salad and roasted Kumara for the ultimate kai.

Are any of your activities child friendly?

Yes! We recommend the Māori Carving scenic cruise. We have activities onboard for kids and cosy indoor areas to chill out in. Our cruise gets you super close to the carvings for a unique experience you can call an educational day out with the fam.

Is jumping into the lake allowed from the boat?

It is encouraged! The crew will tell you when it's go time. Show us your best bomb - the more water spray, the better!
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