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Daily Scenic Lake Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings

Visiting the famous Maori Rock Carvings on Mine Bay is one of the must do activities when you are in the Great Lake Taupo region. The Carvings are only accessible by water and Chris Jolly Outdoors’ scenic lake cruises on our modern spacious Cruise Cat catamaran would be the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the Carvings. Come on board with us to take in the picturesque secluded bays of Lake Taupo and the spectacular snow capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Our trips are perfect for families with heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Scenic Cruise departure times :

10.30AM Scenic Cruise (Departs daily)
1.30PM Taste of Taupo Cruise (Departs daily)
10.30AM Sunday Kiwiana Brunch Cruise (Sundays only)
5PM Knight Rider Scenic Cruise (Every Friday & Sat in Winter)
5PM Summer Cocktail Cruise (Summer only)
5PM Taurikura Maori Cultural Experience Cruise (Every Thursday in Summer)

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Chris Jolly Outdoors, Escape… Explore… Experience…

Chris Jolly Outdoors is Lake Taupo’s premier outdoor experience operator and have been operating on and around Lake Taupo for almost 40 years. Started in 1980 by Chris and Sue Jolly, the company has expanded from a simple fishing operation with two staff, to a major outfitter in the North Island.

Owned by Simon and Katie Jolly since 2017, with a focus on making the Taupo District the ultimate destination for the outdoors; Chris Jolly Outdoors employ 25 staff in summer and over 25 contractors.

Highlights of the company include:
• Gold Qualmark rated
• Exclusive provider for Huka Lodge and other high end lodges
• Relationships with over 100 major international wholesalers
• The only provider in the North Island to have an international Orvis endorsement
• The only tourist activity on the Lake promoting cultural tours
• Exclusive access to 10,000 acres of native bush for hunting tours and outdoor
• Full commercial kitchen and brewery (creating own brand beer and cider)
• Development of survival hikes for corporate entertainment and private tours

• Four charter boats catering for 1-140 pax
• Fly fishing
• Hiking
• Biking
• Survival hikes
• Heli hiking
• Heli fishing
• Hunting
• Packages which include the above tailored for clients

Along with some very loyal and long standing staff, the Chris Jolly Outdoors team are dedicated to Creating Experiences of a Lifetime and love sharing the outdoors and helping our clients make the most of beautiful Lake Taupo!