Lake Okataina

Tell us about your latest adventure here!

Lake Okataina

Postby tara » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:37 pm

We went on a dive mission on Saturday - a reconnaissance mission basically.

Armed with a little information from the ScubaDive New Zealand forum, a copy of the SpotX Dive spots book, a little bit more information from some Dive New Zealand archives and armed with a Department of Conservation permit ... and an ache to go for a dive, Marty and I headed off down country.
We were headed for Lake Okataina which turned out to be on the other side of Rotorua.

Okay so no drama on the way there - there is really only one road into the lake, so that was the road that we took.
Driving around past Lake Rotoiti, it appeared as if we might not get a dive in at all. The wind was whipping up the lake and it was very choppy!
Even though the weather was absolutely atrocious - wind and lots and lots of rain - because New Zealand is so green, I always think it looks fresh and washed in the rain. We dodged slips and fallen trees on the way down to the lake and then we were there.

It was quiet, deserted and absolutely beautiful.

DSC_2473.jpg

A guy came out of the lodge on his tractor - his boat had slipped the moorings and he was off to chase it.
We asked him about the pa and he told us it was at the other end of the lake. Some 7km walk from where we were or a boat ride.
Which he could have done if his boat had not slipped out into the lake.
So we decided to jump in where we were.

Gearing up in old DOC huts to keep out of the rain, we took the truck right down to the waters edge and slipped into our gear - my new 45lb unbanded bladder and jetfins were getting their first workout outside of the pool.
We were both diving twins again - Marty thought a two hour dive was in order.

Stepping into the lake, tractor man must have thought we were clowns. Double bottles, cameras - on a day like this?!
We stood in the water - a little rain never hurt anyone - and the lake did not feel all that cold. Floating, and dipping our hands and faces in the water - now it felt cold!!

We slipped out of the weed and dropped down.
On this end of the lake, 3m of freshwater weeds quickly drops off to quite a silty bottom and it got deep rather quickly.

PIC_0135.JPG

Small freshwater fish a plenty, I didnt see any rainbow trout but the bottom of the lake was literally covered - and I mean covered in freshwater crayfish.
Some the size of my forearm and most around wrist to finger tips.
They would rear up on their back legs and their tails when we came near - it was eerie gliding over the top of them with all their pincers and feelers in the air.
In fact, I just read Binklebonks report from Taupo and think these must have been related.

40 minutes into it and there was no point in being a hero.
I looked at Marty - he signed f'ing cold and so we headed back in towards shore. I could not move my fingers on my right hand - they were just gripping the camera and I was holding my wrist with my left hand to make sure everything stayed today.
It is amazing how as soon as it gets lighter, you start to feel warmer!!

I found some old bottles - very small ones - and for the first time ever, I took something from a dive site.
These bottles are so small, I really want to know why they are there.

DSC_2560.jpg

We stopped there for another hour and a bit - taking some photographs. With the mist and the hills and the beautiful quiet and empty countryside, it was a nice way to spend the afternoon - and we were both too bloody cold to get back in again!

We are planning on going back really soon - to get to dive on the old pa.

CSC_2569.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
tara
Dive Mistress
 
Posts: 848
Joined: Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:43 am
Location: Auckland

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby DiveDiva » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:14 pm

Very cool (literally!!)
DiveDiva
Forum Administrator
User avatar
DiveDiva
Forum Administrator
 
Posts: 3062
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:23 pm
Location: Pommieland

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby Paul » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:21 pm

he signed f'ing cold


I just got out the Padi manual... and I just could not find that sign anywhere :D

I love those pics you took of the pier and tractor. Good stuff.

Sounds like a nice dive. I'd be keen to give it a go. How deep did you end up at?
Who needs a hobby when you have an obsession?
User avatar
Paul
Member
 
Posts: 282
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:16 am
Location: Wellington

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby NEMES1S » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:15 pm

Yeah that pic of the Pier is awesome... "The Dock of the bay" :D
User avatar
NEMES1S
Moderator / NIGHTDIVERS99 Crew
 
Posts: 2116
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:40 am
Location: South Coast Wellington

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby tara » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:31 am

its not in the padi manual - it doenst need to be ;) it was very easy to understand!!

my depth was about 17.5m and it would have been easy to get more than that.
User avatar
tara
Dive Mistress
 
Posts: 848
Joined: Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:43 am
Location: Auckland

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby Ali Perkins » Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:16 pm

tara wrote:Armed with a little information from the ScubaDive New Zealand forum, a copy of the SpotX Dive spots book, a little bit more information from some Dive New Zealand archives and armed with a Department of Conservation permit ...


Lovely photos. Very atmospheric.

How did you go about obtaining the DOC permit? I would be keen to get out there again some day.
To view the underwater photography of Alison Perkins from InspiredToDive.com - visit http://www.inspiredtodive.com
User avatar
Ali Perkins
U/W Photographic genius
 
Posts: 653
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 11:17 am
Location: Auckland

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby seynz » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:50 pm

tara wrote:We are planning on going back really soon - to get to dive on the old pa.


How do you plan to get to the pa ?
seynz
Member
 
Posts: 72
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:47 am
Location: Auckland

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby tara » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:13 pm

we are going to stay at the lodge and he is going to take us down to the other end of the lake on his boat.
User avatar
tara
Dive Mistress
 
Posts: 848
Joined: Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:43 am
Location: Auckland

Re: Lake Okataina

Postby somethin fishy » Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:04 pm

Did anybody ever get to dive the Pa?
Andy Stewart
User avatar
somethin fishy
Member
 
Posts: 283
Joined: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:00 am
Location: Northlander in Auckland


Return to Trip Reports and Dive Logs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

cron