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Pinakitanga Point

At the South-Eastern point of Aorangi Island you will find Pinakitanga Point. This point and the bay to the north provide fantastic sloping walls, kelp and towering rock formations. The bay reaches 35+m relatively easily but provides plenty of entertainment in the shallows also.

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Blue MaoMao Arch

Blue Maomao Arch is known as one of the best dive sites in New Zealand, and possibly the world. The arch is best dived later in the day with the afternoon sun illuminating the site. The Arch itself is at most 15m deep, however, the depth drops to 20m+ at the eastern end.

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Magic Wall

A very colourful wall dive. The wall is a short distance away from Blue Maomao Arch and in good conditions, both sites could be seen on the same dive. The walls depth is around 20m and slopes deeper towards the sea.

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Southern Arch

Southern Arch is an impressively steep archway that towers over 40m above the surface. Its sides are steep and vertical, dropping to just 10m at the northern end and sloping to 40m or more at the southern end of the arch. This dive site can have strong current.

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Calypso Bay

Steep rocky wall which is easy to navigate, covered in encrusting life, then turning into a bouldery kelpy slope from 15m down to the sand line at 30m. An understated dive site not often visited.

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Ngaio Rock

Ngaio Rock is a small rock that rises from sand at the western end of the Labrid Channel. The walls of the rock are steep and are covered in life. It is worthwhile circumnavigating the rock to properly explore the site!

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Jan’s Tunnel

The entrance to the tunnel into the lost world is shallow and perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers who do not want to go to the sand line at 40m. The reef down to 40m and beyond is steep and craggy.

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Riko Riko cave

The largest sea cave in the southern hemisphere, the size of Rikoriko Cave is impressive. This is a great dive site for many experience levels, and a good spot for a night dive too

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Matts Crack

An iconic site for photographers due to the blue glow producing an awesome silhouette shots. The crack is about 60m long and at the open end, is about 15m deep. It is open to the surface the whole length of the crack and approx 10m wide at the opening, narrowing to 3m wide.

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The Gardens

Mixture of boulder and sandy patches at this consistently shallow site. The depth at the back of the bay is an easy 5-10m. The bay plateaus at around 10-15m for about 500m out from the wall. Around the wall at the back of the bay are a number of cracks and archways to go exploring in. Shark fin cave is beauty!

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