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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
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Just a heads up travellers: On Sunday 28 April Downers, the road maintenance providers for NZ Transport Agency, will be undertaking night works on 2 pavement maintenance sites along the Desert Road.

Works are programmed from 6 pm Sunday 28 April for 1 night only (weather dependent).

From 6 pm Sunday 28 April to 6 am Monday 29 April, SH1 will be closed between Waiouru and Rangipo. There will be a detour in place: from SH1 via SH46, SH47, SH4 and SH49, back to SH1 and vice versa. This detour is expected to take approximately 1hr 15 mins.
Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date at:
SH 1 Taupo to Turangi - Caution: Road Hazard
We have received reports of a truck crash near Hatepe blocking lanes. Diversions may be required. Please keep up to date via this link if you are travelling to or from Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park this afternoon/evening:
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2024 ITM Taupō Super400
It’s a new track and a new era for New Zealand in 2024, as the sweeping mountains of the North Island welcome Supercars to Taupō.

Today at 3:45pm - Track to Town - Fans will be able to cheer on their favourite teams and drivers as they make their way from Taupo International Motorsport Park to Te Atea – Tapuaeharuru, Roberts Street in downtown Taupo.

The cars will travel along Broadlands Road, Tauhara Road, Spa Road, turn left into Tongariro Street, left turn into Roberts Street and park in town for an all-in driver autograph session. There will be free posters available for all during the session.
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4 Day Flash Sale - Get in quick!

Stay for three nights, pay for two on-site and accommodation at TOP 10 Holiday Parks across New Zealand.

Plus, our great friends at Interislander are offering TOP 10 Members 20% off flexible and refundable passenger and vehicle fares.

Click the link for more details and how to book:

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🐟🐟 October LWE Family Fishing Competition 2023 🐟🐟

To our sponsors 👇
Norm & Maree Anderson
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Brett Giles
Barbary Cruises
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Taupo Bungy
Craft Brewery Taupo
Taupo Mini Golf
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Hunting and Fishing
Cozy Corner Taupo 
McDonald's Taupo
Carousels Confectionary
Lava Glass
Dixie Browns 
Turangi Marine
The Cave
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
ITM Fishing Show
Army Museum

Thank you 🙏
We are lost for words with gratitude for your generous contribution to the Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park Family Fishing Competition. Your donation of prizes is an incredible show of support and we are so grateful for your generosity.

Thank you on behalf of all of us at Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park
We're happy to announce that 2023 Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park Family Fishing Competition tickets are now available.

If you have not attended our Fishing Competition before you can expect three days of fishing and fun whilst meeting new and old friends. There is a buzz in the air over the fishing competition weekend and this year we've moved the date to October so it'll be a bit warmer out there on the lake. 

As per previous years, we will host a catered presentation night and provide some musical entertainment for your enjoyment.

There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs this year including an AJ Hackett Bungy Jump and local attraction passes. You have to be in it, to win it, so call Grace or myself in reception and we'll hook you up with some tickets.

You can find more information here

We hope to see you there,
Julia & Brent
Park Managers

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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.
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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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