Wellers RockMaximum Depth: 25m
Level: Novice to Advanced
Type: Shore, Boat, Wall
Wellers Rock is a submerged rock wall jutting out from the Otago Peninsula. A good place to see nests of baby cries, decorator crabs, shield shells, seahorses, and the elusive pipefish. The wall extends to the edge of the harbour channel and currents are often strong. It is best dived on high slack tide. Visibility 2 – 8m.
Dive the ocean side of the wall on outgoing tides and the city side on an incoming tide. Good buoyancy will of course keep visibility at a premium in this silty environment.
Sea and Weather Recomentdations
Avoid diving mid-tide as currents can get extremely strong. Do not dive close to the beacon end of wall without boat support due to large tidal volume moving through shipping channel.
Drive towards Taiaroa Head for around 25km. About 40 minutes into your journey you will see a boat launch for the 'Monarch' Wildlife Tour operation, and immediately before that, a jutting rock with two sandy beaches either side. This is the entry point for the Weller's Rock dive site.
This is the site of the Weller's Brothers whaling station that functioned as the first European settlement in Otago from 1813 to 1913. At its height, there were around 80 structures, but it burnt to the ground shortly afterwards. Many colonial artifacts have been found at this site ranging from old bottles, to ceramics to whale vertebrae. The New Zealand Native Hooker Sea Lion has also been known to show up to this site quite frequently.
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