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Address: Ferry Road | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 0623
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This family run business has been operating scenic cruises, private boat...

This family run business has been operating scenic cruises, private boat charters, Trout fishing tours, guided hiking and hunting excursions on and around Lake Taupo for over 30 years. Offering 4 launches to choose from with outstanding facilities for entertaining, scenic tours and of course Trout fishing. Chris Jolly and his team will ensure you have the tip of a lifetime. Also our new Boat shuttles on the Great Lake Trail - NZ Cycle Trail (Nga Haeranga)we can boat shuttle you from bay to bay.

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Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo
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Great views and muffins!

On a clear day, this cruise is really fun! The captain of the both is really nice. He brings bread to feed the flying ducks from the boat's window! He know everything about what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
MyriamOC
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Mont Tremblant, Canada

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Nilai, Malaysia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff and a clean boat. Hot beverages with yummy muffins were a treat for the winter ride. Wouldn't recommend for very young kids on a bad weather. But a must for visitors wanting a ride in the lake.

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Thank SureshLakshmy
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Thank-you for taking the time for your review, we do appreciate your comments. The Winter conditions on the lake can make the cruising a little more challenging but our capable Skippers and crew do make sure everyone is comfortable and perfectly safe at all times. We look forward to seeing you again some day. More 

Mont Tremblant, Canada
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a clear day, this cruise is really fun! The captain of the both is really nice. He brings bread to feed the flying ducks from the boat's window! He know everything about what you see and will give you lots of information about the surroundings.Bonus: Free coffee/Tea/Hot chocolate and homemade muffins :)

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Thank MyriamOC
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and so pleased you enjoyed the experience. I think we have the best fed ducks in the country and our homemade muffins, tea/coffee are always well received. More 

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My brother and his family decided to take the kids out so i joined them. We have done this trip before a few years ago when in NZ and this time was a new experience. Gareth the skipper was very friendly and his tour and local knowledge had us all interested in the area. Nick the deck hand was also... More 

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Thank Tania K
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Glad to hear the Lake and the cruise lived up to expectations, I don't think you can ever tire of the magic views out on the lake. We look forward to seeing you yet again! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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139 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a three hour dinner cruise with this company, they were so easy to deal with , right from my first contact a few months ago looking at booking options through until we left the boat. We had a large group and I was impressed with the way they looked after us. We had a theme and they went... More 

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Thank Youngone51
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Very pleased to hear your team had a great time out with us, we aim to provide a memorable experience for every group. The themed parties are always fun and our wonderful staff are happy to go the extra mile to make the trips extra special. Look forward to seeing you all again. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked Chris Jolly because the weather was rather iffy. And they have a Sunday brunch cruise! With large windows, this boat is perfect for the unpredictable winter weather, plus you don't necessarily want to be on the water the extra half an hour of the competitors when the rain and weather prevents decent visibility. Being the only couple to... More 

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Thank Emsy22
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Thank-you for your feedback, it is always welcomed. As you have noted our scenic cruises are a fantastic option, even when the weather is not at its best. Cruise Cat is large, comfortable and warm inside and the "Brunch" on the Sunday morning cruise is great value and an added bonus. Our skippers and crew are always happy to talk... More 

Marton, New Zealand
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

I stopped in Taupo on my way home, and visited the marina as I always do. It was a lovely day and several boats were gearing up to depart the marina. I thought, why not, so booked the brunch cruise. It was a lovely two hours, and the brunch was ok. My only suggestion would be to streamline the boarding... More 

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Thank muzzanz
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Your review is appreciated and your suggestions to streamline the boarding process have been noted by management, we're working on a solution. Hopefully when you visit us again you will enjoy the experience even more - many thanks! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Loved our time out on the boat. Weather was pretty good, complete with rainbows, and great sunset. Lovely team on board, great food including the trout. Thank you so much.

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Thank janY1730VJ
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Thank-you for your review and very pleased you enjoyed the experience. We do experience some awesome views of the sunset from the lake and tasting your freshly caught trout is an extra treat! Hope we see you again some day! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Lovely boat ride with Chris Jollys. I booked the Totally Taupo cruise and it was great. Seeing the lake on a boat is probably the best way to see its full beauty, We have complimentary tea and coffee as well as delicious freshly made blueberry muffins. We were fortunate enough to have caught Rainbow trout as well !! The lady... More 

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Thank samcruz94
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Thank-you for taking the time to post a review. Our skippers and crew really enjoy sharing the lake and surrounds with our guests. The home baked muffins are always popular and you had the added bonus of seeing a Trout caught and tasting how delicious they are! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, decent boat and great cruise. If you are looking for something to fill a gap in your itinerary with a brunch this is an excellent to spend 2 hours.

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Thank Shaun H
chrisjolly, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Thank-you for your review, our staff do strive to make every cruise enjoyable for guests, we are so lucky to have such a beautiful environment here in Taupo. More 

Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

We booked the 4 hour fly fishing trip months in advance and ended up having a great day for it. Our guide Will was fantastic. He was a pleasure to be with and showed us basic techniques on how to fly fish. He took us to the lake to practice for a bit since I had never been fly fishing... More 

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Thank Andrea F
chrisjolly, Front Office Manager at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this review

Hello Andrea, very pleased to hear you had such a great time fly fishing. All our guides are passionate about their sport and really enjoy passing on the skills to our guests. The location is scenic and tranquil and the feeling of your first trout on the end of of fly rod is something you will not forget. Thank-you for... More 

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