New camp­ground man­agers set­tle in

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - NEWS - — Copy supplied

It’s dif­fi­cult to miss the Mo­tutere Bay Top 10 Hol­i­day Park.

Lo­cated on State High­way 1 with ca­pac­ity for around 1300 peo­ple, it’s the only hol­i­day park in the re­gion with camp­sites right on Lake Taupo¯ ’s wa­ter­front.

New man­agers David and Sue Hodge have been work­ing hard over the qui­eter win­ter months to pre­pare for their first sum­mer in the area.

“David and I moved to Mo­tutere in March af­ter man­ag­ing a camp­ground in Thames,” says Sue. “It all hap­pened pretty quickly. We ap­plied for the job on Sun­day, had our first in­ter­view on Tues­day, and we were of­fered the job on Thurs­day!”

Sue and David have also been try­ing out some of the lo­cal at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing white wa­ter raft­ing.

“It’s good to know what’s avail­able in the area for our vis­i­tors,” says Sue. “We do most of our shop­ping in Tu¯ rangi and ev­ery­one has been so sup­port­ive. The camp­ground own­ers have also given us a lot of help to get started. Our an­nual Queen’s Birth­day fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion went well and it was a great ex­cuse to get out and meet the lo­cals.”

Sup­ported by as­sis­tant man­agers San­dra and Craig, the pair have been up­grad­ing many of the park ameni­ties and will soon be in­stalling new bath­room blocks for the wa­ter­front sites.

“Mo­tutere camp­ground has re­cently be­come part of the Top 10 group, so we’re work­ing on a few changes to make sure it meets their stan­dards.”

Sue says one of the high­lights of be­ing a camp­ground man­ager is meet­ing vis­i­tors from all over the world.

“I’m a peo­ple per­son, so I love the so­cial side to the job. We get to talk to some re­ally in­ter­est­ing guests. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to hear about the places they have vis­ited, and what they do for a ca­reer.”

The cou­ple have en­joyed the flex­i­bil­ity of be­ing al­most half-way be­tween Taupo¯ or Tu¯ rangi. Sue says she loves wak­ing up ev­ery morn­ing and look­ing out at the lake. “It’s just beau­ti­ful here and the view is amaz­ing. We’re work­ing our way around all the lo­cal restau­rants and cafes — so we can rec­om­mend them to our vis­i­tors of course!”

Sue and David Hodge on the lake­front at Mo­tutere Bay.

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