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Stand Up Paddle Board

Stand up paddle boarding is a safe, fun and low impact sport that helps to improve balance. When you are just starting out to stand up paddle board, you may experience some muscle ache in your legs, but you know how satisfying that can be after a good workout, right? Using a stand up paddle board a few times a week will help you stay happy and healthy. It will improve not only your physical health but also your mental health. In this article you will find everything you need to know to confidently stand up paddle board. 

How to stand up paddle board?

Here at Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park, a lot of our guests who rent one of our stand up paddle boards are about to experience the activity for the first time and are genuinely interested in how to stand up paddle board. That made us come up with this article to give you some basic, simple and very useful tips for everyone who would like to get on a stand up paddle board and give it a go.

You may think that the instructions on how to stand up paddle board go along the lines of: “Get on the board, stand up and paddle. If you fall in the water, you did it wrong and try again.” But we are aware that there is more involved than just jumping on the stand up paddle board and taking off. 

The topics we will cover are:

  • Is stand up paddle boarding hard?
  • What size stand up paddle board should I use?
  • How to handle a stand up paddle board?
  • What is the correct way to stand on a paddle board?
  • How to handle the paddle?

Is stand up paddle boarding hard?

The short answer is – no, it’s not. The longer answer would be – it is as hard as you make it. So let’s go through some important things to make your stand up paddle board experience more enjoyable and not too hard.

Before you even start paddle boarding, there are some things to keep in mind.

  • Always wear the leash around your ankle to ensure you will be able to get back on the board in case you do fall in the water.
  • We advise you to wear a life jacket, just to have that one extra box ticked off for your own health and safety.
  • When stand up paddle board keep away from shallow reefs and rocks, as well as be mindful of the wind.

To make your stand up paddle board experience more pleasant, especially if you are not experienced, try to paddle upwind first, as that will make coming back to the shore easier. You don’t want to realise far in the middle of the bay, lake or worse – ocean, that getting back is going to be a struggle. When stand up paddle boarding, just like with any other recreational water sport activity, let others know what you are doing, as well as keep close to the areas where people can see you, so if help is needed, they can promptly provide it.

What size stand up paddle board to use?

It may seem that one size fits all, but it’s not the case. Turns out it is crucial to consider different factors when choosing your stand up paddle board. Your body type (weight and height), your experience level, your intention for the future as well as where you are planning to paddle board. 

This time we will focus on how to choose the stand up paddle board for the beginners. The best is to use a board that corresponds with your body weight – volume of the board should be twice as much as your body weight. For example, if you weigh 70kg then your stand up paddle board volume should be ~140 litres. That will ensure that the rails of the board will be about half way in the water which will provide better stability. If you have a board that has too much volume, it will be too much out of the water which then makes it less stable. If you are choosing one stand up paddle board for the whole family, make the decision based on the tallest and heaviest family member.

But volume is just one thing to consider, the other is width. For the beginners we suggest using wider boards as they will give more stability, while narrow boards will tip more. Though if you are after some speed, choose a narrower board as they glide faster. You just really need to work on your balance first. 

If we do talk about the length of the stand up paddle board, size does matter. Longer stand up paddle boards will glide better and faster, while the shorter boards are more manoeuvrable and used for surfing. For those who are just starting out stand up paddle boarding, don’t get the high performance surfing stand up paddle boards, go for something in between.

Remember, as a beginner you want a stand up paddle board that will give you more stability, so the suggestion is to go for fuller outline boards with rounded nose and tail and wider rails, and wider board in general. The turns in these may be a bit slower, but they will be much softer and more stable.

How to handle stand up paddle board?

To make sure your stand up paddle board lasts and doesn’t get damaged, as well as your back doesn’t get hurt, it is important to handle the paddle boards in the right way.

  • To start using the stand up paddle board, lift it up away from you onto the rail first and then grab the handle and lift the paddle board up. When putting the paddle board in the water, make sure the fins are in the water and the board is floating, not touching the sand, as you don’t want it to get damaged.
  • To get off the paddle board, get to the shore line, but make sure you are still floating and not touching the ground with the paddle board. When you are in knee high water, get on your knees, put one foot in the water. When you reach the bottom, take the other foot down. Then just like in the beginning, lift the paddle board up away from you, grab the handle and carry it out. Don’t slide with the paddle board onto the beach as that can break the fins and damage the board itself.

What is the correct way to stand on a stand up paddle board?

After you have got the paddle board in the water, get on to the stand up paddle board first on your knees. Make sure to put your knees on either side of the handle, as that will ensure you are evenly in the centre of the board and it is flat on the water surface. 

Take some strokes while being on your knees, to feel the paddle and adjust your balance. To stand up on the board, put your paddle in front of you across the board, hold hands on the paddle, and then put your feet right where your knees were. You don’t want to be too far forward or backward. Being too far forward may make your nose of the board sink or lift the tail out of the water. If you are too far back, the tail is sinking and you are kind of dragging through the water. You want the board to be flat on the surface so once again – keep your feet spread apart on each side of the handle.

It is important at this stage not to crouch or lean forward facing the water, as that’s not going to do any good for your balance. Make sure you keep the paddle in the water, stand straight, chest forward, look at the horizon or at something stable – that will help with the balance.

How to handle the paddle?

Hold your paddle with one hand on the grip of the handle, the other on the shaft of the handle. Ideally you want to hold your paddle pretty far apart. When you switch your arms, make sure to keep them on the paddle in the same heights, to ensure even pressure on both arms during your paddle boarding. 

Holding paddle in diagonal too far away from the board makes your board to turn, which is good to keep in mind, but if you want to go forward, which I bet you want, you need to hold your paddle vertically and pull it back in a straight line close to the stand up paddle board.

Lots of beginners think that it’s going to be more efficient if they hold the blade of the paddle angled backwards. It gives a false feeling that you are scooping more water, but the truth is that you are actually pulling the water up.

The correct way is to hold your paddle blade angled forward away from you, even though at first it may not seem right. By holding it this way the blade angle lifts and projects you forward, that way you can get more power from your stroke. 

While stand up paddle boarding, reach forward with your paddle, get the whole blade (yes, the whole blade not just the tip of it) in the water and end the stroke at your feet. You don’t want to start the stroke next to your feet and pull the paddle back behind you, as you are just wasting your energy by throwing water up instead of pushing yourself forward. 

Remember, your paddle is your walking stick, keep it in the water to balance yourself. It doesn’t help you when it’s up in the air.

Where to get a stand up paddle board?

If you are really keen to stand up paddle board on a daily basis, go to the specialised shops that will help you to choose the best suited option for you, but before making a purchase, we would recommend you to rent one and try it out first.

One of the options in Taupo is at Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park, where you can rent kayaks and sup boards whether you are a guest or would just like to go for a paddle in Lake Taupo. They have available 2 beginner-friendly stand up paddle boards.

Get in touch with the reception at or call on 0800 668 229.

How to stand up paddle board?
The Māori Rock Carvings that symbolise a more than 800-year-old event are renowned as the most extraordinary contemporary artwork in New Zealand and are one of the must-see attractions in Taupō. 

Read our blog to understand why:

Book a Māori Rock Carvings tour with Taupo Sailing Adventures and receive 10% off when you are a TOP 10 Member. Call us on 0800 668 229 to book or pop in and see our reception staff.
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Our Lakefront Glamping Domes offer a break with a difference for those wishing to escape their daily routine, unwind and reset. Enjoy a lakefront escape like no other where you can get close to nature without having to compromise on comfort or quality.

Whether you want romance, a serene honeymoon, a celebration, adventure holiday, or a simple break away from it all, you will find it here. All you need to do is pack a bag, jump in your car, and get here.
Book here today:
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Every Friday let's get together for a boogie with our awesome staff members Grace and Evan. 💃🕺


Learn the:
🕺Basic Rock & Roll steps,
🕺Rock & Roll waltz,
🕺Neon Moon,
🕺Rockabilly Stroll
🕺& a few basic line dances

Visit once and we’ll teach you the basics.

Visit more, and we’ll teach you more!!!!

Every Friday
7PM - 7PM
Recreation room

See you there!
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🗻 NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour 🗻

Internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier mountain film festival events an audience can expect up-close adventures, emotive and insightful cultural content, and the usual fast-paced, action-packed adrenaline entertainment making for an impressive programme that will have outdoor enthusiasts inspired and entertained.

This collection has something for everyone and is the perfect environment to fuel your imagination and plan your next adventure. 


👉 You can either watch them online or on Thu 27 Jul, 7:00pm - 9:30pm at Starlight Cinema.

More info @nzmountainfilm 

📸 Photo borrowed from @nzmffTaupo FB page.

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The Taupo region is full of geothermal activity with wild-coloured silica terraces, hot springs, and steam vents bursting from the ground. For visitors not looking to get hot and sweaty while trekking up a volcanic cone, these areas, such as Orakei Korako, offer an easy way to witness the geological wonders of New Zealand's volcanic foundations.

Either you are after a geothermal walk or relaxation in a hot pool, there are plenty of options for all.

🌋 Orakei Korako Cave & Geothermal Park
🌋 Tokaanu Thermal Walk
🌋 Spa Thermal Park
🌋 Craters of the Moon
🌋 Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa
🌋 Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs
🌋 Tokaanu Thermal Pools
🌋 Otumuheke Stream
🌋 AC Baths Hot Pools
🌋 Turtle Pools - Turangi

Which one is your favourite?

📸Photo by bryn beatson on Unsplash.

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Every Wednesday and Friday let's get together for a boogie with our awesome staff members Grace and Evan. 💃🕺


Learn the:
🕺basic Rock & Roll steps,
🕺Rock & Roll waltz,
🕺neon Moon,
🕺Rockabilly Stroll
🕺& a few basic line dances

Visit once we’ll teach you the basics.

Visit more, we’ll teach you more!!!!

Wednesdays and Fridays
7PM - 7PM
Recreation room

See you there!

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This week is all about celebrating Matariki, and why not to do it by staying at our park and enjoying the beautiful views of Lake Taupo? 🥰

We have a few powered and unpowered sites still available, so get in touch via DM and we will help you to make a booking or head to our website and make a booking there.

Not sure why to stay with us this week?

👉 activities for kids over Matariki Weekend - ✅check
👉 dancing some rock&roll with the staff on Friday - ✅check
👉 plenty of fun in Taupo to celabrate Matariki - ✅check
👉 magical views - ✅check
👉 great staff and facilities - ✅check

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Friday and Saturday the park will be doing Star Weaving & Pom Pom making

👉 11am to 1.30pm on each day in the Recreation Room

p.s. if you haven't booked your stay, do it now!

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Are you planning to go to Taupō Winter Festival? 

Food trucks and Le Pine & Co Local Live Music sessions every night till 8.00pm. Giant light sculptures, glow in the dark candy floss, fun activities and much much more. 

Create some memories for life during these school holidays.

Plan your activities and book your stay with us 

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Calm winter days are the best to enjoy the still and stunning Lake Taupo.

If you have a TOP10 club card, you can rent a kayak or sup from our park with 10% discount.

✅ Become a TOP 10 Club member and save not only 10%* off standard rates at TOP 10 Parks around NZ but get great local discounts for activities and restaurants.

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It says it all. Thank you! 💚💙

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Our park has a perfect location for a summer or winter adventure being only 30 minutes from Taupo township and 60 minutes from Whakapapa ski fields...

So... etiher you need a lift from the airport, want to go out for dinner, are attending an event or need to be dropped off at the hot pools, there are taxi / transportation services available in the area.

@my_waka_your_waka 021 146 7654
@greatlaketaxis 07 377 8990
@taupotaxis 07 378 5100

Or ask our friendly staff to help you with the bookings.

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@marketcentraltaupo  presents The Greenflea carboot sale on the first Sunday of every month - next one 2nd July!


This is an amazing wee carboot sale with a green twist! You will find quality reusable, recycled & repurposed items here including furniture, toys, tools, clothing, vintage & collectibles and second-hand books. 

All of this alongside their amazing main market. 🤩

📸Photo credit: Market Central Taupo

Go and explore the surroundings!

🗻Did you know that Mt Ruapehu is about 55 minutes’ drive south of the park for snow skiing in the winter season.

🚶If you want to just hang around the park, you are most welcome to walk throughout the holiday park grounds and along the lake front, which is very picturesque, but please do not go onto sites where other guests are staying.

🌿There is a walking track from Motutere Bay over the ridge to Waipihi, with unsurpassed views of the lake. The track starts about 100 metres past the northern end of the park along State Highway 1 on the right-hand side of the road (you will see the Ministry of Works area where there is usually gravel). The walk takes approximately 30 minutes each way, is quite steep at the beginning but is otherwise a fairly easy walk. At the Waipihi end you can cross over State Highway 1 and enjoy the beach at the rest area.

More information for activities in the region can be found at reception, our staff will be pleased to help you. <3

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What are you up to during School holidays?

Lake Taupo at winter time is looking magical, so let us know if you need help to choose the best site / accomodation for your winter get-away over the school break.

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So peaceful... and how one of our guests said after their stay "The views were breathtaking." 🥹🥰

We have some cabins and self-contained units available over the Winter School Holidays, as well as plenty of powered and unpowered sites. 

Are you coming?

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"Like Taupō in summer? You’ll love it in winter!"

Malcolm Flowers Insurances Taupō Winter Festival 2023

The majority of festival activities are located in and around the Tongariro North Domain and Great Lake Centre – the hub of Taupō.

The festival is brought to you by The One Taupō Trust. Money raised through the festival goes back to families in the region who are under financial hardship due to having children that require specialist medical care.

More info: 

Photo credit: Wayne Frost of

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