rate of wreck dives in NZ

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rate of wreck dives in NZ

Postby Milky » Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:53 am

what would you consider as the best wreck dives in NZ and why?
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Postby DiveDiva » Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:57 am

I would have to say the Lermontov - as it's the only big one I've dived. :lol:
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Postby nathanbarlow » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:24 am

the tui and waikato are pretty good - but i only did the tourist-y enter the wheelhouse sorta thing . . . would wanna do full-on penetration when suitably trained :D The lermy is supposed to be amazing though but never done it personally.
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Postby Michelle » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:22 pm

I have to agree with DD - the Lermontov.
I did my first trip down there last month and was captivated - really really really didn't want to come home at the end of the week.
On a smaller scale, the Rainbow Warrior is cute and pretty
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Postby DiveDiva » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:34 pm

I wanna do the Warrior next, then Waikato, then the Tui. Hopefully the Canterbury will also be diveable by then too! :D
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Postby Packhorse » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:53 pm

I have only done 3 so far. In order of enjoyment...


Waikato
F69 Wellington
Tui

next on my list is

Rainbow Warrior on the Decenber SODS trip
Lermintov on next years SODs trip.
Cantebury

Maybe we need to orgainse a SODs trip for the Cantebury too??
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Postby plumb bob » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:12 pm

I haven't done alot of them but my 2c

In order of enjoyment as well...

1.
The Lermontov.. (only done 2 trips so far but It's an insanely addictive dive!)

2.
The Koi, a really nice pretty wreck in the sounds with loads of encrusted stuff.

3.
The Vara, easy shore dive in the sounds as well (very friendly wildlife)
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Postby Xman » Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:32 am

The Lermontov, as it is the largest,
was an actual wreck rather than a purpose sunk one,
has extensive areas for penetration,
has the intrigue and history of the sinking that goes with it.
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Postby Milky » Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:27 am

plumb bob wrote:I haven't done alot of them but my 2c

3.
The Vara, easy shore dive in the sounds as well (very friendly wildlife)


Where is The Vara? shorediving 2 get there?
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Postby DiveDiva » Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:34 am

It's off Karaka Point and is accessible by shore.
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Postby Packhorse » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:20 am

So where is Karaka point?
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Postby DiveDiva » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:24 am

Packhorse wrote:So where is Karaka point?


Not the biggest picture, but you can just about read Picton.

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Postby Milky » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:31 am

DiveDiva wrote:It's off Karaka Point and is accessible by shore.


where the heck is karaka point? what sorts of wreck? tugboat, battleships, etc?
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Postby DiveDiva » Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:58 am

The Vara wreck is located at Karaka Point and has been there since 1992. The 10m boat lies upright in 15 metres of water and is suitable for every kind of diver. The boat was sunk, especially for divers, after being damaged when it fell off its trailer. The wreck has lots of fish life, including 2 resident conger eels. At the stern of the boat you may be able to spot some local crayfish.
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Postby Milky » Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:18 am

DiveDiva wrote:The Vara wreck is located at Karaka Point and has been there since 1992. The 10m boat lies upright in 15 metres of water and is suitable for every kind of diver. The boat was sunk, especially for divers, after being damaged when it fell off its trailer. The wreck has lots of fish life, including 2 resident conger eels. At the stern of the boat you may be able to spot some local crayfish.


ok. but where is karaka point? North island or south island?
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