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 Kapiti Island

New Zealand, NI, Wellington

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 40° 52.787' S
Longitude: 174° 55.531' E

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English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

English (Translate this text in English): 7 km by sea from Paraparaumu.

How? By boat

Distance Long boat time (> 30min)

Easy to find? Easy to find

 Dive site Characteristics

Average depth 14.0 m / 45.9 ft

Max depth 25.0 m / 82 ft

Current Low ( < 1 knot)

Visibility Good ( 10 - 30 m)

Quality

Dive site quality Great

Experience CMAS * / OW

Bio interest Interesting

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Week crowd 

Week-end crowd 

Dive type

- Big fishes
- Reef
- Ambiance

Dive site activities

- Marine biology
- Snorkeling / Free diving
- Photography

Dangers

 Additional Information

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

English (Translate this text in English): Formally established in May 1992 the reserve’s underwater scenery is generally regarded as some of the finest in the greater Wellington region. Good variety for photography. Those with a mask and snorkel could explore the rocks close to the shore. Scuba diving is the most rewarding on the western side and the north end of the Island. There are some remarkable features such as the rock archway on the western side of the island known as “Hole In The Wall”. Other areas particularly good include Tokohaki Reef, Boulder Bank, Rangatira Point, Passage Rocks, West Point, Kaiwharawhara, Onepoto Rock, Arapawaiti, the Cathedral and many many more. It is unusual to find three common marine habitats of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington region in such a confined area. The boulder bottom, sheltered reef and sand bottom habitats are home to a rich variety of marine life. Orange and yellow sponges, some very rare, the colours, the reefs and luxuriant seaweed beds feed kina & paua. Starfish, corals, anemones, octopus, stingrays & eagle rays, nudibranchs and reef fish such as blue & red cod, butterfish and red moki are just some of the residents of these waters. Visitors to Kapiti’s exceptionally clear waters include ocean fish like king fish & blue moki and on occasions rare and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, drumfish and magpie perch. You may also see dolphins, seal colonies and blue penguins. Source: http://www.diversworld.co.nz

Several dive sites around the Island:
- Tokahaki Reef (N)
- Boulder Bank (NE)
- Kaiwhara Point (W)
- Waterfall Bay (SE)
- Aeroplane Island (SE)
- Browns Island (SE)

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By Anonymous , 02-03-2006

GeoMap update - You was right. This was Mana Island! Remember that Wannadive.net is a collaborative website, so if you find a mistake, feel free to correct it directly by editing the spot datasheet.

By Anonymous , 25-02-2006

Interactive Map - The interactive map is currently pointing to Mana Island. Kapiti Island is a lot bigger and further down the coast. A fantastic site and highly recommended! You can fish on certain areas around the island but a fair chunk is now a marine reserve.

PS: For Maori ~ North is down.

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