Top Tech locations in NZ

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Top Tech locations in NZ

Postby Hybrid » Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:22 pm

Where do us NZ tech divers go? Where are some great NZ tech spots? I'll float a few out there.


Laisons Reef - White Island

A very deep Pin - clear water, comes up to 10metres good for decoing. Very exposed. Max depth:80+msw


Diadema Pin - white Island
A deep Pin - clear water, same as Laisons Reef.
Max depth:60+msw

Lens Reef - South Aldermans
60m pin, clear water, shallow top good for deco.
Max depth:60+msw

Freds Pin - Poor Knights (PK)
A deep Pin - clear water,
Max depth:60+msw

Cream Gardens - PK
Wall dive - Bronzie's, deep
Max depth:30+msw then deeper you head out.

Taravana Cave (loop) - PK
Cave system, brief period where there is no natural light when doing the loop. can do it without going into deco.....just! if you surface swim to top of the cave then drop straight down.
Max depth:30msw top of cave is approx 18msw

Northern Arch -PK
sheltered for deco..marine life everywhere. I don't know if it really a tech site...Its just a cool dive site.
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Postby Packhorse » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:40 pm

Excellent post tank you very much.
Thats 7 sites to add to my list.
LDS is doing trips to the Aldermans and White Island. But im sure it will be 40m max no decos.

I am keen on doing a club trip to the Aldermands soon though.
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Postby Hybrid » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:50 pm

You'll need the GPS marks to find Lens Reef, south of the Aldermans, as it doesn't break the surface. Its a really good spot as the few times I've dived it there wasn't a breath of current.

There are a few spots around the Merc's ( Never Fail and Richards Rock) which have huge currents when the tide is running and can only be tech dived at slack tide. i guess I should add those to the list


Richard's Rock - SW of Great Merc

Pin - North side 60+msw vertical wall. Breaks the surface, strong current.

Never Fail Rock - North of Great Merc
I haven't dived it - Heard it suffers from high current as Richard's[/b]
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Postby Azza » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:01 pm

Hunters bank between Kapiti Island and Mana Island is a pinnicle that ascends from 80 metres to 16 metres below sea level. Great spot.

North end of Mana Island. Some good drop off reef from 30 - 75 metres.

Mikhail Lermontov-Way to get out of the light zone :P

Castle Rock :P

Freds @ Poor Knights is a great one.

In fact most of the Poor Knights is great.

Black forest @ PK. Is around 80-120 metres deep Black Coral Forest. (Havnt done it but heard about it)

Mokes have some good drop offs. Not to sure of the particluar names...its been a while since I have been there...3 years or so in fact.

There are some nice reefs in the 50 metre zone off Little Barrier island

Hole In The Rock. There is a nice wall on the south side that drops off. Lot of boat traffic tho...
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Postby Hybrid » Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:10 pm

Ranfurly Banks off East cape
Big undersea mount that comes up to approx 20m Sharks, hapuka,
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Postby Azza » Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:12 pm

Hybrid wrote:Ranfurly Banks off East cape
Big undersea mount that comes up to approx 20m Sharks, hapuka,

Hey mate I tried to quote your post but ended up editing it instead. Sorry about that.
I am interested in Ranfurly banks tho...Got anymore details?
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Postby Xman » Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:19 pm

Azza wrote:
Hybrid wrote:Ranfurly Banks off East cape
Big undersea mount that comes up to approx 20m Sharks, hapuka,

Hey mate I tried to quote your post but ended up editing it instead. Sorry about that.
I am interested in Ranfurly banks tho...Got anymore details?


You really need to learn the difference between the "edit" and the "quote" buttons. thats twice now. :roll:
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Postby Hybrid » Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:24 pm

I was part of a team heading out there in early Jan, but we couldn't get the numbers....didn't know about the SDNZ either..doh.

It was using tatapouri dive http://www.divetatapouri.com/sharkcage.htm
diving with sharks and over Ranfurly banks.

I'd still be keen to head out there at some stage...They were going to charge $500 not the 1k listed on the website

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Postby Andy » Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:36 pm

Matai Bay pinnacle - a beautiful dive when conditions are right.
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Postby Hybrid » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:59 am

Seem to have a few more members now, so I thought I'd bring this post up again to see if our newer members have some places to add.
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Postby Andy » Sat May 05, 2007 8:21 pm

Hybrid wrote:Seem to have a few more members now, so I thought I'd bring this post up again to see if our newer members have some places to add.


Doesn't look like they have.....
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Postby aquakiwi » Sat May 05, 2007 10:19 pm

Grouper Rock, Mokohinaus 60+

Miners Reef, 60+ used to be lots of Black Coral,

Simpsons Rock, Mokohinaus, 60+

Sugarloaf, Poor Knights Pinnacles 90+ :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby Martin-PK Divers » Sat May 05, 2007 11:44 pm

As far as i am aware not many people have dived North Reef-just out of the reserve area at the Knights. I seem to recall Llew telling me that Luke Howe has dived it. It's a local fishing hotspot so has a lot of line and rigs strewn about, also some shark action there. Reef starts at around 40m goes down to 100m.
I plan to do that as soon as i am certified and the conditions allow. Quite a current there and i'd wanna do it when the viz is great. Winter.

The 'wreck' at Landing Bay at the Knghts is in around 60-70m. Apparently it's just some rotten timber and the engine block now. Only person i know has dived it is Wade Doak and his 'gang'.

There are some area's where i'd really like to have a look around at the Knights. I recall recently sitting at Cream Gardens at 36m and thinking that i'd really like to go and have a look down there into the blue.

I'd really like to do Northern Arch's 'leg'-circumnavigate the leg at the base would be super cool i reckon. Not really deep i wouldn't think but would take a fair while.

Wildebeast Point, Hope Point. Both go down to 60m. Hope point drops off to 80-100m.

If you leave Cave bay and carry on straight out past the 800m mark you will come to a reef at 100m. I know no-one at all who has dived this.*

Also at the North Eastern point of the reserve is a reef that should start around 20-40m and drop to 100m.*



We'd be happy for a request to any of these sites. :D

* This is according to a sonar of the Knights that i have courtesy of Wade Doak.
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Postby Martin-PK Divers » Sat May 05, 2007 11:46 pm

Er. Sorry about the bias but i love the Knights. It's why i live here :D
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Postby Hybrid » Mon May 07, 2007 10:37 am

Andy wrote:
Hybrid wrote:Seem to have a few more members now, so I thought I'd bring this post up again to see if our newer members have some places to add.


Doesn't look like they have.....


Looks like you've sparked it back into action, thanks Andy :)
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