River Drift Dive, Riwaka Resurgence and Pupu Springs

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River Drift Dive, Riwaka Resurgence and Pupu Springs

Postby cyberdiamond » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Hi All,

I am coming to the south Island in April and I am wondering if there is something like the Waikato River Drift Dive anywhere near Nelson?

I also want to dive the Riwaka Resurgence whilst I am there and looking for a shop to hire tanks from near Nelson.
Ideally a pair of 40-50 cu ft ali or 7ltr steels with left and right Din valves but any tanks will do.
Do I need to do anything in the way of paperwork to do this dive or is it ok to just get to the site and do it?
Anyone want to be a buddy late April?

Is Pupu Springs open to dive?

Thanks for any answers
Steve
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Re: River Drift Dive, Riwaka Resurgence and Pupu Springs

Postby bluey » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:17 pm

Hi Steve

You can dive the Rewaka without any special permission. I would be keen but am away from 25th april for two weeks.

Pupu springs is not open for diving.

The Aorere river near Salisbury Bridge in Golden Bay is a nice deep river dive where you can swim up through a narrow gorge. Again I would be keen so if you are around after 10th May let me know.

Big Blue dive in Nelson should be able to sort you out with some tanks.

Cheers
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Re: River Drift Dive, Riwaka Resurgence and Pupu Springs

Postby cyberdiamond » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:33 pm

Thanks for the info.

Unfortunately the timing is bad and we will miss each other.

Also a shame about Pupu springs being closed.
We have something similar in Mt. Gambier called Ewans ponds which I have dove recently, would have been nice to see how close they are.

The Aorere river dive sounds good.
I have found a website which shows the river level and flows to check before doing it.
Any more info on depth, entry and exit points, any other handy pointers.

I could dive solo as I use a sidemount rig and have some redundancy but would prefer not to.
Anyone else keen for some fresh water diving?
Don't even need to wash your gear afterwards :lol:

Cheers,
Steve
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