Local Dive Sites

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Carpet Shark Reef    

Carpet Shark Reef

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 16m

 

Type: Boat

Heading out by boat to the north of the Moeraki harbour you will find a shallow reef covered in kelp. This is a nursery ground for crayfish and a great dive with plenty of invertebrate life to see. Volcanic origin reef with large macrocystis kelp for ...

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Moki Patch    

Moki Patch

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 36m

 

Type: Boat

Prolific sea life. Depth range to 36 metres, visibility 10 – 20 metres, suitable for advanced with a minimum of 5 deep cold water dives. ... ...

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Fish Reef    

Fish Reef (Taki-A-Maru)

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 30m

 

Type: Boat

Several volcanic origin maze-like reefs with large macrocystis kelp forest. So-called for its fantastic amount of fish life, usually the common culprits such as Blue Moki, Trumpeter, and Tarakihi in large numbers. Reef breaks with 0.5+ metre swell. D ...

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Puddle Alley    

Puddle Alley

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 15m

 

Type: Boat

Prolific fish life, bull kelp and macrocystis kelp. Depth range to 15 metres, visibility 3 – 10 metres, suitable for fit novice. This site is marked by the Boat ramp on the southern edge of Shag Point. ... ...

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Kaitiki Reef    

Katiki Reef

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 16m

 

Type: Boat

Look for the macrocystis kelp. Prolific sea life. Depth range to 16 metres, visibility 3 – 10 metres, suitable for novice. ... ...

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Red Barn Reef    

Red Barn Reef

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 20m

 

Type: Boat

Use the landmark (to which the reef is named after) on the coastal hill a few kilometres south of the Pleasant River mouth. Extremely tall macrocystis covers the rocky reef structures along this section of coast offering prolific fish life, the kelp ...

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Danger Reef    

Danger Reef

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 30m

 

Type: Boat, Wreck

Large fragmented macrocystis covered reef so-called for the danger it presents to vessels making passage north and south. Most notable wreck of the “James Stewart”, 146 ton schooner struck reef in 1876. Some wreckage still to be found near the break ...

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Shag Point    

Shag Point

Moeraki

 

Max Depth: 12m

 

Type: Shore, Boat

An accesable site with an unusual topography, large spherical boulders and reef extend off the rocky coast here. When boat diving you can reach depths of 30m. Shag Point is an exposed rocky shoreline which can make entries and exits hard especially ...

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Karitane Point    

Karitane Point (Huriawa Peninsula)

Karitane

 

Max Depth: 10m

 

Type: Shore, Boat

Best in extended calm conditions. Good amount of interesting sea life with bull kelp and macrocystis kelp prevalent in the area. Blue Cod, Greenbone, Blue Moki and various wrasse species frequent the site. Depth range to about 15 metres. Average visi ...

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Cornish Head

Karitane

 

Max Depth: 16m

 

Type: Boat

Reef extends seaward from the Matanaka headland. Boulder bottom with interesting marine life. Depth range to 16 metres from shore, visibility 3 – 8 metres, suitable for novice. Rumor has it there's some fantastic sea caves to be explored on the Matan ...

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