Chris Jolly Outdoors has been looking after you for 40 years, and with the pandemic situation upon us, your safety and wellbeing, along with that of our staff, is foremost in our mind. As a result, we have decided to suspend our public ‘Scenic Cruise tour to the Maori Rock Carvings’ for a period from this Sunday 22nd March 2020 to ensure you and your loved ones have no risk of community infection. 

However, we are still open to taking groups of 12 or more who are known to each other and do not have any symptoms or risk to the travelling party. Please do not be offended if we ask you details of the groups whereabouts and health status prior to booking.  You can contact our office directly on 073780623 for availability. Our privately guided fly fishing, hunting and hiking tours will still be operating and we will ensure that we take all measures to comply with the health advice from the government at this time. Our heartfelt wishes to all at this time.


Daily Scenic Lake Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings

Visiting the famous Maori Rock Carvings is a must do activities when you are in Lake Taupo. Only accessible by water, Chris Jolly Outdoors’ scenic lake cruises would be the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the Carvings. Take in the picturesque secluded bays and the spectacular snow capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Perfect for families with heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained.

More reasons to choose Chris Jolly Outdoors :

  • Cruise Cat is fully enclosed and heated, it’s warm and comfortable.
  • We are the quickets to the Carvings at only 1 hour 30 min return.
  • Free Wifi on board.
  • Entertainment for the kids.
  • Smoke free environment.
  • Wheelchair and push chair friendly, dependant on size and weight. Please contact staff to double check. Note that there is no wheelchair access to the toilets onboard.
  • Large outdoor decks for close up views of the Maori Rock Carvings.
  • Enjoy a complimentary freshly baked muffin and a hot cuppa.
  • Licensed bar and snacks available for purchase on board.

Departs daily from Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour. Please arrive 15 mins before your departure time.

Escape… Explore… Experience...

It was our first time out on Lake Taupo and I think this is by far the best way to get to the Maori Rock Carvings and explore the lake. The scenery is amazing, especially the snow capped Tongariro mountains as the perfect backdrop. We were so amazed at the intricacy of the Maori carvings. The highlight for the kids was feeding the ducks by hand from the top deck of the boat. They couldn't stop buzzing about it! A highly recommended trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors.

Angel Hudson

I would like to extend our gratitude to Simon, Ali, Emma and of course Charlie Brown for providing a fantastic day on board 'Supercat' yesterday. The Taupo staff fishing trip is a highlight in our calendar this year. The Claybird shooting, fishing and the dinner was fantastically organised and appreciated by all and we landed two Rainbow trout!

Neill Ross

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you and your fine team for looking after our team. We all very much enjoyed our cruise and I might add the weather that day certainly enhanced the overall experience! It was very good to cruise aboard Waianiwa again and I have to say she is a grand cruiser! We will keep in touch and look forward to working together again.

Patrick Bourke,