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New Zealand in June: Worth it for diving??

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by DevilEyeDog, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. DevilEyeDog

    DevilEyeDog REEF Volunteer

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    I just scored a work trip to New Zealand! It's in the middle of June in Hamilton. Yes, I know it'll be a bit chilly, but I currently dive New England (highs of 58 Farenheit, 14.8 Celsius).

    Can anyone tell me about diving in New Zealand in June? Ideas? Thoughts?

    Should I not bother and head over to GBR? Looks like the flight isn't that far?
     
  2. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

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    Hi,

    Been diving NZ for 25 years and loving winter diving in June. Surface temperatures depend on location but likely to be around 14 C. A drysuit or 7mm wetsuit recommended.

    The viz is better in the winter because there is not as much biomass floating around in the water (including tourists)!

    My experience has been in the North island. Hamilton isn't real near the ocean so a bit of a drive for you.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo DIR Practitioner

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    The NZ diving I've done has been at Poor Knights and the Bay of Islands, both a couple/few hours drive north from Auckland, and both in mid-winter. I suggest making a three-day weekend of it, and staying in Tutukaka (Poor Knights) or with Northland Dive (Bay of Islands). The diving is excellent! A drysuit is ideal, but you want to be comfortable in one before you go. That area gets "warm" (not that warm) currents from the tropics and really colourful and interesting marine life. Also a couple of Navy frigates scuttled in 30-35m (~100-120ft). There's more in NZ but I can't speak from experience.
    The GBR is also great. But probably not as close as you think. You're two, more likely three, flights away from Cairns. From there you can get a liveaboard. If you're looking for day trips, head further north to Port Douglas and get in touch with Calypso.
    If you're comfortable with cool water, make the most of NZ while you're there. Global Dive in Auckland is a great dive shop, but I'm sure there are others closer to Hamilton.
     
  4. judyo1

    judyo1 Nassau Grouper

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    Hamilton = inland = not diving destination. However, you should easily be able to get up to Whangarei / Tutukaka for a weekend and if you're comfortable with cold water diving then you won't go wrong with the Poor Knights. Can recommend Global Dive (an auckland dive shop who run trips, check out their website), Yukon Dive from Tutukaka (Poor Knights) and Northland Dive.
     
  5. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

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    Also,

    Dive Tututuka (www.diving.co.nz) is the largest operator in Tutukaka for diving the Poor Knights Islands. Seven boats from small to huge.

    They also have wreck dive excursions to the Waikato war ship. 120M long, 3 decks deep. OW cert OK for that dive.

    Northland Dive offers the Canterbury warship (sistership to the Waikato) but AOW required because of the depth.
     
  6. DevilEyeDog

    DevilEyeDog REEF Volunteer

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    Thanks for your thoughts!! Sounds like it'll be cold, but amazing!
     

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