Selling Our Mission Surge Kayak

I can’t believe we are selling our kayak already. It seems as if we just bought it yesterday. In fairness, it has only been 2 months. We had expected to get a little more use out of it, but it is kind of cold and I couldn’t stand a spray from the chilly Lake Taupo waters. I’m not sure if it was a wise move buying a brand new kayak to use a dozen times, but we had a lot of fun. I collected a few pictures of our kayak adventures and posted them here. My two most memorable trips were kayaking to Island Motutaiko and kayaking to a shallow stream to fish for trout. By the way, we never did catch anything.

Our Beloved Mission Surge Kayak

Our Beloved Mission Surge Tandem Kayak



Paul and his brother found a gorgeous shallow stream east of Waihi Bay. We launch from an old pier, take a peek at Waihi Falls and continue past the sandbar and to the stream. There are little island sandbars splitting the steam in two and making great resting places. Trout can be seen hanging out near the banks or swimming past to find their new resting spot. There are also cows! I assume most of the land is private so we don’t go exploring, just hang out in the shallow water and try to catch fish.

Lizard Cliffside Carving, Lake Taupo

Lizard On Cliffside, Maori Carvings, Acacia Bay, Lake Taupo

Maori Carvings aT Lake Taupo

Maori Carvings aT Lake Taupo

I see pictures of the huge Maori face carving all over the internet, but I haven’t seen any pictures of the smaller carvings near the prominent one. There are several faces and animals carved into the low rocks. I wanted to climb on the lizard to get a picture, but I’m afraid it may be disrespectful. To get to the carvings we launched from Acacia Bay and paddled south for a couple hours. We missed the carvings and had to double back, otherwise I think it is only about an hour and a half away from the boat launch.

Private Beach on Lake Taupo

Private Beach on Lake Taupo

There are so many places around the lake where you can beach your kayak and have a private picnic. This place was really cool because of the large flat rock that jutted into the water. The way the rock had formed gentle rolling hills made it look like lava flow, but I’m not sure that it was.

Kayak to Motutaiko Island

Kayak to Motutaiko Island

As i said, Motutaiko Island was my favorite spot to kayak to. I loved the peacefulness of being one of the few people who could make the trip. While a few boats would join us out at the island, we never spotted another kayak.

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