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Kayak Hire: Making Exercise Fun

I am one of these people that regularly talk about how I need to exercise more but then have trouble committing to it. The idea of a daily exercise regime makes me nervous. If I am being honest, I absolutely hate running and anything that involves running. Going for long walks is ok, but I get bored easily and then that goes out the window too. I have done personal training before and if I don’t get one of those GI Joe trainers who spends the whole hour screaming at me, it’s been pretty good, but unfortunately, the cost is just not sustainable.

So, this got me thinking…maybe if I saw exercise as fun and not something I HAVE to do, I might be more inclined to stick to it.

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same result, so I realised I needed to try something different.

I wouldn’t say I like running, so I decided I wouldn’t even kid myself into believing this is something I would commit to. I thought to myself, what do I LOVE? I love nature. I love being near the water. What do I want to get out of exercise? I want to build strength and tone my body. What can I do that does both?

After some thought, it came to me – Kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)! The idea of this made me smile, thinking of relaxing on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo, and feeling the sun warm up my body on a cold winter’s day. I could already imagine the feeling of satisfaction paddling all the way out to Motutaiko Island and back.

Then, the dreaded obstacle of money hit my mind as I started thinking of all the things that I would need to safely get myself out on the water:

  • A kayak and paddles
  • A wetsuit
  • A waterproof pouch for my phone
  • A lifejacket
  • Some roof racks for my car or some way of getting the kayak to and from the water (not to mention someone to help me carry it!)

I realised I couldn’t afford it and wouldn’t be practical for me to take up kayaking as a regular activity. ☹ Looks like it was back to pounding the pavement for me…

But wait, I had a thought… what if I looked into hiring a kayak? Is there anywhere that does that? I was guessing it wouldn’t be very affordable…

I did some googling, searching for “kayaking near me“ and found that the holiday park down the road rents out kayaks and SUPs and low and behold a one-hour session, with all equipment included was cheaper than what I would have to pay for a one-hour personal training session and would be way more enjoyable!

I called the park and had a conversation with the lovely park manager there, Julia. She told me all about their rates and what was included. All those things that I was worried about, were included in the kayak hire price! She even guaranteed me that she would organise a muscly staff member to carry the kayak right to the water’s edge for me and pack it away when I got back… mmm I got a bit carried away imagining the muscles … ok, Raewyn, back to the kayaks.

Lake Taupo’s Range of Kayaks

The next weekend, I ventured the 15 min drive down to Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park from my place in Turangi to meet Julia and Brent (AKA: muscly man and also her husband haha). For anyone coming from Taupo, it would be about a 30 min drive. They had lots of different coloured kayaks for rent, including single and double kayaks. I choose to go out on a single one this time but thinking I might bring a friend next time and try out the doubles. They also have stand-up paddle boards, which I would have loved to try out, but I think I need to build up that core strength of mine… Or just try and see what happens. If I fall, I fall – great refreshment this beautiful summertime!

Rental Terms

Single kayak hire starts from $25 for an hour and gets cheaper the longer you hire them out.

If I wanted a long session, I could do a half day or four hours for only $60, or the equivalent of a half-hour PT session.

If I can con a friend into coming, it will make it even cheaper for me next time, as the double kayak rental is only $40 for 1 hour, so if we split the cost, it would work out at only $20 a session each (or $45 each for 4 hours).

I was able to just rock up and hire the kayak without paying a deposit, however, Julia mentioned that if it is a busy weekend or school holidays, to make sure I book and pay in advance, which I can do easily online… even better.

Happy Customers

The whole experience was terrific from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble from the first time I called until the moment I drove out with a feeling of serenity and accomplishment (accompanied by a sore butt and jelly arms, which proved to me that I had achieved my goal of having a fun workout).

Being out on the beautiful Lake Taupo was so serene and magical. Paddling through the water, while watching the fish swim past, made me feel like a bit of a fraud. Who would call this exercise? I didn’t have to lift a finger; my kayak was hand delivered by Brent down to the water’s edge as promised and packed away after I had finished. I was provided with a safety briefing and given a waterproof pouch to put my phone in, in case I got into any trouble. They even had two-way radios there if I needed one. I felt really safe knowing that they had a little boat there ready if anything were to happen.

I definitely need some practice with steering, but I managed well enough to see some beautiful sights, have fun and get my body moving. Mission accomplished!

Accommodation Types

Oh, and while I was out on the water, I paddled past some awesome dome tent-looking things right on the water’s edge, which I found out later are called glamping domes. I took some photos and have included them below, as they are like nothing I have ever seen before, especially around here! I pulled up on the shore to get a closer look and spoke to some guests that had been staying in them over the weekend. They couldn’t stop raving about how comfy they were and how they would never get sick of the view from their bed… I might need to come back and stay some time, is that weird if I only live 15 mins away?

There is also plenty of space for camping on the water’s edge, with lots of people in campervans just stopping over for the night… what a way to live right?

The common theme that kept coming across from the people I was speaking to (yes, ok, I am a haver chat) was how nice the staff were, how clean the amenities were (which I can vouch for as I had to go to the little girl’s room while I was there) and how the view was the best you could get anywhere in this area. I had never thought of Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park as a place for my friends and family to stay when they visit, but I am thinking they would much prefer one of these glamping domes or the range of other self-contained cabins they have on-site than the boring motel room that they usually stay in.

For anyone wanting to check out the range of accommodation options available and pricing, visit here:

Guest Blog
by Lindsey Hall

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park
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!
#motuterebaytop10holidaypark #rockabilly #top10holidayparks #lovetaupo #holidayparkactivities
🗻 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.

#hotpools #geothermal #geothermalspa #geothermalwalk #taupo #thingstodointaupo #motuterebaytop10holidaypark #lovetaupo #tauponz #geothermalactivity #thermalspa #thermalspapark #geothermalpark #geothermalpool

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!

#rockandrolldance #rockandrolllessons #dancing #dancelessonstaupo #taupodancelessons #activitiesintaupo #lovetaupo #tauponz #motuterebaytop10holidaypark #guestactivities #thingstodo #thingstodointaupo #camping #holidays #glamping #accommodation

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!

#motuterebaytop10holidaypark #matariki #matarikiweekend #matariki2023 #schoolholidays #staywithus #kidsactivities #familyfriendly #holidays #taupo #lovetaupo #stayintaupo #staywithus

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 

#winterfestival #taupowinterfestival #lightfestival #schoolholidays #familyfriendly #kidfriendly #taupoactivities #lovetaupo #tauponz #motuterebaytop10holidaypark
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.

#clubcard #membership #top10holidaypark #top10members #discounts #specialoffer #laketaupo #kayaking #kayakhire #suphire #staywithus #motuterebaytop10holidaypark #lovetaupo #tauponz
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.

#taupotaxiservices #taupotaxi #taupotransportation #getaroundtaupo #stayintaypo #lovetaupo #staywithus #motuterebaytop10holidaypark #holidaypark #campground #familypark #location
@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

#walks #activities #whatodo #laketaupo #motuterebaytop10holidaypark #top10holidaypark #laketauponz #tauponz #lovetaupo #tips #stayintaupo
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.

#winter #schoolholidays #taupoaccommodation #stayintaupo #kidsactivities #lovetaupo #tauponz #laketauponz #top10holidaypark #motuterebaytop10holidaypark #laketaupo #camping

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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?

#motuterebaytop10holidaypark #winter #laketaupo #tauponz #winterholidays #schoolholidays #winterschoolholidays #staywithus #view #nature #beautifulview
"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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