Islands Marine Reserve. Lying 1000km north east of New Zealand
is NZ's largest marine reserve. This place is truly awesome.
Big drop-offs and Huge fish life. Being midway between tropical
and sub tropical it has the best of both worlds though the
bottom cover is sparse with a few hard corals and small weed
growths. There are large spotted grouper here and Galapagos
sharks are very plentiful.
Kings Islands. 64 km from Cape Reanga way north of NZ. These
islands are my top worldwide dive site. Not for novice divers
as seas and currents here are huge but so is the fish life
and excitement factor. Also home to the wreck of the Elingamite
a wreck from 1902 carrying gold and silver coins for NZ banks.
At least half are still down there. For more see our trip
Karikari/Matai Bay. Spectacular water clarity (sometimes).
Sand and reef territory. Good variety of dives and fish life.
Boat or road access Matai Bay - reefs and small Islands V
to 30m. Good photography lots of sponges.
Islands. Home of the greenpeace boat the Rainbow Warrior first
sunk by the French in Auckland habour because of their anti
nuclear stance. Now in 22-27 meters it makes an excellent
wreck dive for all levels. Also home of many good scenic,
cray and scallop dives. One of my favorite's is Taheke reef
which drops from 8 to 45+ meters. Huge fish life and excellent
vis but you must time the tides right
Brett area. The peninsular and adjacent islands offer full
range of diving to 30m. Cathedral Cave and Hole in the Wall
tunnel and sea life abundant. Bird Rock excellent for pelagic
species. Motutara Rock popular shallow reef. Deep Water Cove
sandy down to 37m drop-offs Whakapae Bay to Karerarera Bay
snorkeling and caves. Cape Brett to Waiwiri rock bottom, guts.
Waiwiri Rock drop off to 24m. Waiwiri to Whangamumu snorkeling,
scuba diving and sharks. Rawhiti Channel 10m scallop beds.
Blue Maomao Reef and Piercy Island rocky formations, wall