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Skydiving is one of the most popular activities in New Zealand for tourists and locals, to change the point of view and take in all those beautiful sceneries. If you have done it, you know how thrilling and worthy it is. If you haven’t yet, you may be excited about the idea of skydiving itself, as well as a little bit scared and unsure, because you have heaps of questions. And that is totally normal and actually needed, to ensure you will have a great experience.

A few things to consider before the skydiving experience, is not only the location and the company, to make sure you will be in safe hands and see the best views, but also check the forecast for your skydiving day. It’s all right if it is going to be a bit cloudy, but be aware that if it’s really cloudy (not even mentioning rain, strong winds, and other factors), your skydiving jump may be, delayed, cancelled, or postponed. Make sure you choose a company that has a friendly cancellation policy! 

Another thing you will have to make a decision on is the height of the jump. You may want to go all in and choose the highest jump, which often is 15,000 to 18,500 feet high, but if you are doing it for the first time, it’s totally worth it to do also the 9,000 feet jump. Yes, the free fall will be shorter (around 30 seconds), but for the first time, your breath will be taken away anyway, because you will be falling at an incredible speed. And taking off with the plane and going higher and higher and seeing all the landscape below will be an experience in itself.

Skydiving in Taupo

There are some great spots for skydiving experience in New Zealand: Queenstown, Wanaka, Bay of Plenty, Bay of Islands and then there is this drop zone, that supposedly is the largest commercial drop zone in the world with fantastic views of the North Islands and its volcanoes, forests, and a stunning lake. If you want that, you have to skydive in Taupo.

When skydiving in Taupo, you can choose to do the 9,000 feet (2743m), 12,000 feet (3657m) or 15,000 feet (4572m) jump. Or for more extreme adrenaline seekers 18,500 feet (5638 metres) jump. Fun fact, since Lake Taupo is already elevated, the 18,500 feet jump actually means you would be skydiving 20,000 feet (6096m) above sea level. May seem a little bit insane, but there are people who are doing it, and they love and, well, why not if it is New Zealand’s highest possible skydiving altitude? 

But from any of the heights, when skydiving in Taupo, you will be able to see incredible views of New Zealand’s largest lake – Lake Taupo, ‘Mt Doom’, and the whole North Island. Check out Taupō Tandem Skydive for pricing and available dates. They operate from Taupō airport and are only 10 minutes from the town and 22 minute drive from Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park. Isn’t that neat?

SPECIAL DEAL: For a limited time only, Taupo Tandem Skydiving is offering $100 off the 18,500 ft skydive Monday to Friday. This is a huge saving you won’t want to miss – pay now $399 (usually $499). Get in touch with reception at Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park to book this for you!

Remember it is totally natural and normal to be nervous before your skydiving experience, or when just even thinking of the possibility of doing it. It’s like with a lot of things we are doing for the first time and that are not in our comfort zone. Would you believe, that even experienced skydivers get butterflies in their tummies before their jumps? Heck yeah, they do! We all are human beings. But the reason why they skydive again and again is because they know how fantastic this adventure is!

So if you are thinking of trying skydiving, or are just even slightly interested in it, we have the most common questions answered for you.

How old do you have to be to skydive?

Most of the skydiving companies encourage people of all age groups to give skydiving a go at least once in their lifetime to see and feel it for themselves. 

We do suggest checking in with your chosen skydiving company before booking a jump, as the requirements for the preferred age may vary. But most of them, as we mentioned, do not have age limit restrictions. Some of the companies have had seniors that are 90+ to do skydiving and some youngsters of ages 5 and 7. 

What you need to take into consideration is this:

  • you must fit in the skydiving company’s harness.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you will need a perental or guardian consent.
  • You need to take in consideration your health.

In any case, you need to consult with your chosen skydiving company, and they will be able to advise you if the jump is the best for you based on your age, the expected weather conditions, and other factors.

What to wear when skydiving?

We have some good news – you can skydive ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, while the weather conditions are acceptable. In winter it can get a little bit cold of course but know that some of the best views are during the winter months, as you can see all the snowy mountain tops. 

When skydiving, the company you choose to skydive with, will provide a jumpsuit, goggles, hat, and buff for your skydive, but please do wear comfortable clothes, that suit the season and would fit underneath the jumpsuit and closed-toe shoes that don’t fall off. If you are wearing glasses or contact lenses it is safe and fine to wear them during skydiving, as the provided goggles will fit over your personal ones.

P.S. It’s not just about the clothes you were, but also what you have eaten before the jump. Going and jumping with an empty tummy, even though you are so stressed and can’t eat, is the worst you can do to yourself. Try a bowl of cereal, or a sandwich, or maybe some eggs. Make sure you don’t use alcohol before your jump (even if it’s the night before) – you don’t want to make “food rain” for people on the ground, don’t you?

Is there a weight limit to skydive?

To skydive you need to be below 100kg, but most of the skydiving companies do have exceptions, based on individual assessment, as the weight limit can be slightly increased depending on several conditions the team will be able to advise on.

As we mentioned before, when talking about age, another thing you need to consider is that you must fit in the skydiving company’s harness.

Skydiving is a thrilling experience, that must be tried at least once in a lifetime, and when doing so, why not plan a stay at the shores of Lake Taupo by booking accommodation or a glamping tent in Motutere Bay Top 10 Holiday Park?

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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.
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?

#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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