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Aug 07

Canterbury and Waikato Wrecks

We headed up to the Bay of Islands last Friday afternoon to pitch camp at “The Farm” on Old Russel Rd. The backpacker accommodation was basic, but the facilities were great along with the staff and everyone agreed they’d be happy to return.

Evan,  Jacob, Mitchell, Jules and Josh

Evan, Jacob, Mitchell, Jules and Josh

The farm is about 25km from Rawhiti, which is where we launched the boat for a short 10 minute run around to the Canterbury Wreck in Deep Water Cove. There was a 35 knot easterly blowing along with 3-4m swell, but deep Water Cove was very sheltered on the western side of Cape Brett. The water was clear and we enjoyed 15m vis for 2 days, with two groups making 8 dives on the wreck in total.

Martin Wallis joined me on Sunday morning and we made a 2 hour dive on our rebreathers, slowly making our way through the engine room before making our way above decks to circumnavigate the entire wreck and take a few photos along the way.

Martin Wallis on rebreather with camera in hand !

Martin Wallis on rebreather with camera in hand !

On the Monday, we headed off early to dive the Waikato Wreck out of Tutukaka. The wind and swell were easing on the exposed east coast, however, the visabilty was a minimal 1-2m due to the very rough weather over previous days. this did not stop us from getting 4 dives on the wreck…although we didn’t bother with any photos :)

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