Chris Jolly Outdoors

Fly-Fishing Guide Service in New Zealand

Chris Jolly Outdoors


Established in 1980, Chris Jolly Outdoors is one of New Zealand's oldest and most experienced fly-fishing guide services and outfitters, plus we're located in one of the world's premier wild trout fisheries.

The Central North Island of New Zealand is unique, due to its outstanding fly-fishing opportunities year-round. The winter spawning runs of rainbow trout in the Taupo fishery have been legendary since the early 1900's. Zane Grey referred to this area and New Zealand as the "Anglers' Eldorado."

The autumn, winter, and spring months provide opportunities to nymph and streamer fish for rainbow and brown trout in at least eight rivers and streams—all located within a 45-minute drive from the township of Taupo. The average winter day in Taupo ranges from 55 to 58 degrees F.

The spring, summer, and autumn open up our backcountry waters that close for the spawning season. Check off your fly-fishing wish list with dry fly and nymph fishing on isolated mountain rivers and streams for rainbows and browns.

These rivers and streams are accessed via helicopter and whitewater rafts, with multi-day backcountry options.

Chris Jolly Outdoors also offers world class red stag hunting, stunning hiking adventures, and fantastic partners programs. We are the 'one stop shop' when it comes to adventure in the North Island of New Zealand.

Awards and Accolades

Gold Qualmark Standard
Local Tourism Award winner



$600 NZD/day/guide for 1 or 2 anglers.


Rainbow and brown trout, averaging 2 - 4lbs, with the larger fish caught each season.


The Taupo fishery is open year-round.
Local rivers: Open all year with some headwaters closed in the winter.
Backcountry rivers: Open from the 1st of December through the end of April.
Summer: December through late March.
Winter: May through late October.


Local rivers and streams consist of small pebbly and sandy bottoms through to larger, heavily flowing water with bouldery river banks.
Local rivers and streams are located 10-45 minuets drive of Taupo.
Heli-fishing is available, weather dependent, and is a 5-45 minute drive depending on where you're staying and taking off from.
Back country trips by 4x4 are also available and a 1-1.5 hour drive.

Typical Weather:

Summer: 65-85°F
Spring/Autumn: 55-80°F
Winter: 45-65°F

What is Provided:

Our guiding rate includes:

  • Use of Orvis rods, reels, waders, and boots, as well as jackets, if needed.
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel.
  • Fishing licences
  • Full-day guiding includes lunch and refreshments.
  • All necessary flies and leaders.

What to Bring:

  • Seasonal Clothing
  • Camera
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Favorite flies
  • Fishing clothing

Gear Recommendations:

No felt-soled boots!! Felt soles are banned in New Zealand.

Summer: Rods 5-7 wt, 9 or 10 ft. Breathable waders or wet wading if the conditions are right. Rubber-soled boots, with plastic studs if necessary.

Winter: Rods 6-8 wt. 9-10 ft. Foul weather gear, such as a good, waterproof fishing jacket, wool layers, winter hat, and gloves.

Additional Activities:

  • Lake fishing and cruising
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Hiking and mountain biking tours
  • And more!


  • English speaking
  • No dangerous game
  • No poisonous snakes or spiders
  • Rivers are fly-fishing only
  • Year-round fishing on the North Island
  • Fantastic options for accommodations
  • Options for all levels of experience
  • Great "Kiwi" hospitality!


Chris Jolly Outdoors
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service
14 Rauhoto Street
Taupo, New Zealand

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