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Northern Arch

Northern Arch

Deep divers and big fish lovers will be pleased: Northern Arch is virtually bottomless and crammed with marine life! The depth limit in New Zealand is 40m anyway, but you will experience a mind-blowing place here! 2 sides to this dive site: an arch and a drop-off with a point.

The arch itself is fairly narrow with a little belly down the middle: this concentrates an incredible amount of marine life, like blue and pink MaoMaos, damsels and trevallies... the almighty kingfish are never too far, lurking. It shows off a very colourful scenery, and if you take some time to check the walls, you'll find heaps of nudibranchs, moray eels and scorpionfish. A bit deeper, just under the belly, you might be lucky enough to spot one of the rare Golden Trevallies left in New Zealand!

The drop-offon either side of the arch and the point are select locations to find some red crayfish and spot flying stingrays, but above all it is a place crammed with schools of fish like snappers, kingfish, MaoMaos and damsels. Off to the very point bronze whaler sharks often come for a visit, especially at dusk and dawn... Do not miss it!

Deep divers and big fish lovers will be pleased: Northern Arch is virtually bottomless and crammed with marine life! The depth limit in New Zealand is 40m anyway, but you will experience a mind-blowing place here! 2 sides to this dive site: an arch and a drop-off with a point.

The arch itself is fairly narrow with a little belly down the middle: this concentrates an incredible amount of marine life, like blue and pink MaoMaos, damsels and trevallies... the almighty kingfish are never too far, lurking. It shows off a very colourful scenery, and if you take some time to check the walls, you'll find heaps of nudibranchs, moray eels and scorpionfish. A bit deeper, just under the belly, you might be lucky enough to spot one of the rare Golden Trevallies left in New Zealand!

The drop-offon either side of the arch and the point are select locations to find some red crayfish and spot flying stingrays, but above all it is a place crammed with schools of fish like snappers, kingfish, MaoMaos and damsels. Off to the very point bronze whaler sharks often come for a visit, especially at dusk and dawn... Do not miss it!

Deep divers and big fish lovers will be pleased: Northern Arch is virtually bottomless and crammed ...

Other information

Type of dive site
  • Drop-off
  • Rocky canyon
  • Deep waters
  • Arch
Depth
  • Maximum 35
  • Maximum 25
Visibility
20 meters +
Current
Light to mild
Required scuba diving level / certification
Open Water / CMAS 1
Boat trip duration
50 minutes
Fauna
  • Stingray
  • Eagle ray
  • Moray eels
  • Mola Mola
  • Marlins
  • Tuna
  • Turtle
  • Groupers
  • Conger eels
  • Scorpion fish
  • Crayfish
  • Scorpion fish
  • Cleaner wrasses
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Octopus
  • Kingfish
  • John Dory
  • Hermit crab
  • Urchins
  • Nudibranchs
  • Rock cods
  • Snappers
  • Goatfish
  • Spanish lobster
  • And more...
  • Trevallies
  • Anemone
  • Soft coral
  • Starfish
  • Carpet shark
Flora
  • Kelp
  • Red algae
  • Ascidians
  • Encrusting algae
  • Coralligenous

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Dive! Tutukaka

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