The Floating Classroom

Te Wānanga Wai Whakarewa

Learn on our Lake with Chris Jolly Outdoors!

Chris Jolly Outdoors are excited to celebrate our localised curriculum suitable for learners of all ages including early childhood, primary, secondary and adults.  We welcome enquiries to support your personalised programme.

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Programme Outline 

Our education programme provides rich opportunities for learning on a 1.5 hour cruise around the shores of Taupō moana. We will celebrate the history of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and bring the New Zealand Curriculum alive while exploring on a super volcano. A great chance to learn about our flora & fauna plus  experience some downrigger fishing.

Curriculum Links

  1. Social Sciences – Place & environment, identity & culture
  2. Science – Living world, planet earth & beyond
  3. The Visual Arts – Māori rock carvings, communicating & interpreting
  4. Mathematics – Mapping, measurement
  5. Te Reo Māori – Making connections
  6. English – Listening, reading, viewing


Treaty of Waitangi: Acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
Cultural Diversity: Reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people.
Community Engagement: Connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whanau and communities.
Future Focus: Look to the future by exploring such significant future focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.


Thank you for hosting such a wonderful experience for our team, learning about Tuwharetoa pūrakau on our beautiful Taupō moana with Kristy yesterday. It surpassed our expectations. A huge thank you to Kristy, Gil and Lauren. Everything was perfect. 

Louise, Pinnacle Health

Thank you so much for all you did for us today. We all had an amazing time and learnt so much! You made the whole process of booking and coming on board an absolute breeze! Thanks for the hard mahi that you have done, and put in. It was an awesome experience to be a part of!

Monique, Arohena School

Our classes had an amazing experience on board the Floating classroom. Follow up sessions in class showed the amount that was learnt about local tikanga, including the importance of our maunga and chiefs especially Ngātoro-i-rangi and Tia. Thank you for the wonderful learning opportunity. With the art being created along the way as well as informative dialogue the time just flew by. It is an experience that should not be missed by any tamariki and whanau.

Bridget, Tauhara College