Trip & Course Reports

Dive Conferences: Awesome or Awful? - September 2014

Jamie provides the inside line on dive conferences.Download report as PDF

Caves vs Wrecks - August 2014

Jamie muses about which environment offers the best type of diving, caves or wrecks. Download report as PDF

Putting the "F" into GUEF - July 2014

Christian Stimson shares a few words of wisdom about the Frustrations and Focus required to get a Tech pass on the GUE Fundamentals class. Download report as PDF

What defines a good tech diver? - June 2014

Something a little more provocative than usual - what makes a good tech diver? Download report as PDF

Five years of TDNZ - June 2014

This month Tech Dive NZ celebrates it's fifth birthday. Take a walk down memory lane as Jamie reviews some of the highlights of our first 5 years. Download report as PDF

GUE CCR class - May 2014

This month Richard Lundgren ran the very first GUE CCR class in NZ - read all about it! Download report as PDF

How to spend a NZ summer - April 2014

Jamie has had the busiest summer possible - with more diving, more classes and more NZ firsts than ever. Download report as PDF

GUE Tech 1 Instructor Exam - March 2014

Jamie is now a GUE Tech 1 Instructor - find out more. Download report as PDF

Fundies, 50 to 5000 - February 2014

It doesn't matter whether the team has only 50 dives between them or 5000, the fundies class will be of benefit to everyone. Download report as PDF

Team building at Blue Creek Resurgence - January 2014

A dozen of us headed to Blue creek for our annual pilgrimage - this time focussed on building the overall teams capabilities. Download report as PDF

JJ Rebreather class - November 2013

Mel and Jamie take on the 'Dark Arts' as they do their first rebreather class. Download report as PDF

GUE DPV1 classes - August 2013

First it was Russ and Lou, then it was Tim, John and Brendon - a new wave of DPV divers takes to the water! Download report as PDF

Tough Guy and Gal, Rotorua - August 2013

Rob, Brendan, Claire, Nicole, Mel and Jamie tackle the swamp! This is mud wrestling at it's finest. Download report as PDF

Nullarbor Karst Plain Project - July 2013

Jamie and Mel join a big GUE diving project in the Nullarbor desert. This is some seriously extreme diving! Download report as PDF

Croatia - all you need to know: June 2013

The shipwrecks of the Adriatic Sea are spectacular. Here is a guide to planning your dive trip there. Download report as PDF

GUE Tech 1 Instructor training in Croatia: May 2013

What's it like training to become a GUE T1 instructor - as the title of the artile suggests - clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right... Download report as PDF

Trimix Instructor training in Croatia: May 2013

Reprint of an article Jamie recently wrote for GUEs Quest magazine. Download report as PDF

Tech training with an Air-Gun: April 2013

How realistic should tech diving training be to make it worthwhile? Download report as PDF

Blue Creek - Plan B: January - February 2013

What happens when a small mistake leads to escalating consequences......... Download report as PDF

GUE Fundies (Rebreather) class: 7-22nd January 2013

A team of Inspiration rebreather divers tackle an open circuit course - has the world gone mad? Download report as PDF

Mexican Cave Diving Trip: 1-16th October 2012

Two weeks in Mexico enjoying some of the world's best cave diving. Download report as PDF

GUE Tech 1 classes in Sydney: 1-16th September 2012

Two weeks at Bondi Beach interning on GUE Tech 1 classes - it's not bad work if you can get it! Download report as PDF

Shaft Cave Filming Project: 29th July to 2nd August 2012

Jamie joins a big GUE project team and tackles Australia's deepest cave. The team filmed down to 120m - not an easy task! Download project report as PDF

The Beauty of Caves

Jamie explains some of the reasons why caves fascinate and inspire him so much. Download essay as PDF

Bubble Trouble

Christian and Mike's fabulous day on the Waikato wreck ends with a trip to the hospital with a possible DCI hit. Download trip report as PDF

Cape Brett: 23rd April 2012

Jamie and James head down to 75m at Cape Brett and have an absolute stonker of a dive, complete with sharks and stingrays galore. Download trip report as PDF

Tank Cave, South Australia: 6-9th April 2012

Mel and Jamie visit South Australia's premier cave diving location, the beautiful Tank Cave. Download trip report as PDF

Horahora Hydro-Electric Power Station: 17th October 2011

Jamie and Tom head back to the bottom of Lake Karapiro, this time returning with some great photos! Download trip report as PDF

10 x 10 x 10 Poor Knights: 24-25th September 2011

The fifth and final weekend of our 10x10x10 winter diving challenge at the Poor Knights. Christian wins the free weekend, Tim and Ali see dolphins underwater and Jamie grumbles about suspicious Kiwis. Download trip report as PDF

10 x 10 x 10 Poor Knights: 6-7th August 2011

The fourth weekend of our 10x10x10 winter diving challenge at the Poor Knights. Christian finally understands the mad local fishermen from back in the UK and Christian's granny gets a special underwater message. Download trip report as PDF

Great Barrier Reef: 26-29th July 2011

One of the world's best known and most visited diving destinations! We did 10 dives from our live-aboard vessel Taka Dive and saw a lot of sharks... Download trip report as PDF

Truk Lagoon: 17-24th July 2011

One of the greatest wreck diving destinations in the world! We did 13 of these wrecks (22 dives) in our week at Truk and it was awesome. Jamie gives all the details in his report. Download trip report as PDF

Introductory Cave Diver Course Report: 11-12th June 2011

Who killed Kenny? Read Chris B's report of his unplanned cave diving course. Download course report as PDF

10 x 10 x 10 Poor Knights: 28-29th May 2011

The first weekend of our 10x10x10 winter diving challenge - and wow! 3 new dive sites, including 12 Fathom Reef, the best fish-tastic dive we've ever done at the Poor Knights. Download trip report as PDF

Minato Maru: 22nd May 2011

Christian, Mike, Mel and Jamie took advantage of perfect weather conditions and headed out to the Minato Maru. The vis. was much better than the boxing day trip and amazingly Christian and Mike didn't get into too much trouble for shirking their DIY responsibilities. Download trip report as PDF

Hauraki Gulf: 15th May 2011

Christian, Mike, Tony and Chris headed out into the gulf for a days diving - without adult supervision..... Download trip report as PDF

Horahora Power Station: 11th May 2011

Matt and Jamie return to lake Karapiro to continue the exploration of NZ's very first hydro-electric power station. You've got to have a look at the sonar images - amazing! Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato: 3rd April 2011

Christian, Mike, Tony and Astrid put more time into our mapping project, despite some difficult conditions. How often do four avid wreckies stay outside of the wreck? Download trip report as PDF

Blue Creek: 18-26th February 2011

A combined NZ and Australian trip to our favourite unexplored cave. Joining us from Melbourne was Steve Trewavas, National Director of the CDAA - Cave Divers Association of Australia. Download trip report as PDF

Matai Bay Cavern course: 11-12th February 2011

Hamish, Chris, Tony and Christian tackle the beautiful caverns at Matai Bay - whilst Jamie causes trouble. Read Hamish's report on the weekend. Download course report as PDF

Mikhail Lermontov: 5-8th February 2011

Mel and Jamie had an epic trip to the Lermie, exploring several new areas and scoping out the entry points for further exploration. Download trip report as PDF

A Year in Review: 2010

Jamie reviews an amazing year of diving and let's slip a few of the funniest moments not previously included in our trip reports. Download report as PDF

Minato Maru: 26th December 2010

Finally we get to dive a local Auckland wreck which has been on our hit list since 2007. Intact, upright and in only 30m of water - we'll definitely be going back. Download trip report as PDF

Introductory Cave Diver course: 8th December 2010

Jamie puts Matt and Peter through their paces on the first TDI Introductory Cave Diver course ever held in NZ. Download course report as PDF

Tarawera Falls Underground River: 4th December 2010

An underground river which emerges spectacularly as a waterfall. A known and accessible submergence. Was this a wonderful opportunity or one of James' crazier ideas? Download trip report as PDF

Matai Bay: 23-25th October 2010

A relaxing Labour Day weekend in the beautiful far north. Download trip report as PDF

Mikhail Lermontov: 2-5th October 2010

An epic trip, with exploration of the kitchens, the hospital and a complete through trip of the lounge deck. Download course report as PDF

GUE Tech 2 Course: 22-27th September 2010

Mel, James and Jamie were the students on the very first GUE Tech 2 class to be run in NZ. Read all about it from two different viewpoints. Download James' course report as PDF Download Mel's course report as PDF

Poor Knights "Skive Dive": 8th September 2010

A "skive dive" with a difference, certain when it comes to the surface interval! Download course report as PDF

PADI Cavern Diver Course: 6-8th September 2010

Yet another of our popular cavern liveaboard trips at the Poor Knights, this time with Matt, Mike, Peter an Christine being put through their paces whilst enjoying the beautiful caves at the Poor Knights islands. Download course report as PDF

Poor Knights - Ratio Deco: 2nd September 2010

Jamie and James headed off to the Poor Knights for the day with tanks of trimix and changed their plans on the fly using Ratio Deco. Download course report as PDF

GUE Fundamentals Course: 18-22nd August 2009

Tris, Christian and Cam started this Fundies course with over 1400 dives between them, but still found that there was plenty to learn from what is one of our essential classes. Download course report as PDF

GUE Cave 1 France: July 2010

Whilst Jamie was enjoying himself as an intern, James was being put through his paces on the course itself! Download course report as PDF

GUE Cave 1 Intern, France: July 2010

Following on immediate from his week of cave diving, Jamie spent another week in the French caves shadowing one of the world's most accomplished cave instructors whilst he taught a GUE Cave 1 course. Download course report as PDF

French Cave Diving: July 2010

Jamie recently escaped the worst of the New Zealand winter and indulged in a week of cave diving in France, along with obligatory cheese and wine diet! Download course report as PDF

GUE Fundamentals Intern, Sydney: 7-13th June 2010

James recently took the opportunity to travel across the ditch for his first activity as a GUE instructor intern. Download course report as PDF

Twin Tanks Workshop: 29th May 2010

Mike, Chris, Tim and Tony took advantage of our twin tanks orientation workshop in order to learn more about how the tanks are set up and the procedures for diving twin tanks safey in recreational limits. Download course report as PDF

GUE DPV 1 Course, Japan: May 2010

One of regular divers, Rob Wilson, recently took a few weeks of work to head to Japan and managed to find time for a DPV Level 1 course whilst he was there. Download course report as PDF

GUE Rec 3 (Trimix Diver): 23rd-30th May 2010

Another first for the Tech Dive NZ team! Jamie put the first ever students through the GUE Rec 3 course - not just the first in New Zealand, but the first in the world! Congratulations to Tom and Peter for completing the course! Download course report as PDF

Stealth Mission: 3rd May 2010

Jamie and Mel spent another couple of dives on their secret squirrel project on HMNZS Waikato, this trip report will self destruct after reading! Download trip report as PDF

Entirely World Famous – Ocean Blue Adventures: 1-2nd May 2010

Jamie and Mel got to join Nicquel for part of her "Entirely World Famous" tour – the really wet bit – diving courtesy of Ocean Blue Adventures at the Poor Knights Islands. Download trip report as PDF

PADI Advanced Wreck Course: 30th April & 3rd May 2010

Jamie took the opportunity to show Hemi just how well he didn't know the inside of the hanger of HMNZS Waikato! Download course report as PDF

Poor Knights Trimix Diving: 25th April 2010

Jamie and Mel headed out to the Poor Knights aboard El Tigre, with excellent visibility for dives at Giant’s Staircase and Jan's Tunnel.Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato "Anchor Hunt": 24th April 2010

Where the NZ Navy had failed, Tech Dive NZ succeeded! In just a few dives, with a some number eight wire and some duct tape (and a hand held metal detector!) we managed to find the anchor of the ship. Watch this space for news of it being raised!Download trip report as PDF

Poor Knights "Skive Dive": 15th April 2010

A small group of regular skive divers took advantage of good weather and enjoyed great visibility for a day at the Poor Knights! Download trip report as PDF

Blue Creek Resurgence Exploration Dives: 7-12th April 2010

The next step in TDNZ's exploration of one of NZ's most challenging and least explored cave systems. The team faced some major logistical challenges with 6 degree water temperature and a series of problems to overcome - read the report to see how it turned out! Download trip report as PDF

Riwaka Resurgence: 6th April 2010

Another trip to the overhead environment of Riwaka Resurgence where Peter as introduced to the wonders of cave diving. Methinks he is hooked! Download trip report as PDF

Mikhail Lermontov: 2-5th April 2010

Tech Dive NZ's second trip to this amazing shipwreck and despite the less than perfect visibility, everyone had a great time and many new areas were explored. Download trip report as PDF

Tech Dive NZ “Big Day Out” (Taupo): 27-28th March 2010

Our first "Big Day Out" was a great sucess with people travelling from Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga to attend! We'll definitely be making the "Big Day Out" an annual event! Download trip report as PDF

PADI Open Water Course "Tech Style": 10-28th March 2010

Over a couple of weeks, Mel introduced students from the Auckland University Underwater Club not only to the joys of the underwater world, but the benefits of diving a backplate and wing. Download course report as PDF

Waikato River Night Dive: 26th March 2010

Andy, Jamie and James slipped into the Waikato River under a starry sky for a drift dive to remember! Not a dive for the faint hearted, but they managed to avoid getting swept over Huka Falls thanks to some careful logistics! Download trip report as PDF

PADI Assistant Instructor Course: March 18-21st 2010

Our first instructor level course was held at Global Dive and was a great success! Download course report as PDF

GUE Tech 1 Course: 17-21st February 2010

Despite some logistical stresses, Andy and James undertook the first ever GUE Tech 1 course to be held in New Zealand and after five intense days got to relax and enjoy diving on trimix! Download course report as PDF

Volkner Rocks: 5-7th February 2010

With perfect weather, visibility of over 25m, Bronze Whalers, schools of Maomao and Kingies, not to mention the dolphins that came to play with the boat, this trip rates as some of the best diving Mel and Jamie have done in New Zealand! Download trip report as PDF

OceanBlue Liveaboard - Cavern Extravaganza: 23-25th January 2010

Read about NZ's first liveaboard trip dedicated solely to cavern and cave diving. Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato: 23rd January 2010

Astrid and Mike took advantage of the great weather to start a new mapping project of the Waikato, whilst Tim was doing his Advanced Wreck course and Christian and Sian were just diving for fun! Download trip report as PDF

Riwaka Resurgence: 14th January 2010

Following the Lermontov trip, our group of keen wreck divers turn their hands (or should that be fins?) to a different overhead environment. Download trip report as PDF

Mikhail Lermontov: 10-13th January 2010

Tech Dive NZ's first of several trips to dive one of the largest shipwrecks in the world. Mel, Jamie, Astrid, Tony, Chris and James are all astounded why diving this good isn't better known to the rest of the world! Download trip report as PDF

Blue Creek Resurgence Exploration Dives: 7-8th January 2010

Mel, Jamie and James head down to the South Island for an exploration of the little dived cave system. Despite the 6 degrees water temperature and the 2km hike with twinsets, the trip is certainly worth the effort! Download trip report as PDF

PADI Advanced Wreck Diver Course: 3rd January 2010

Whilst every one else was enjoying their fun dives, Chris and Tony were being put through their paces on the Advanced Wreck course prior to a trip to the Lermontov. Download course report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato: 3rd January 2010

Another great day of diving on the Waikato, with Tony and Chris doing their Advanced Wreck Diver course. Mike has kindly written the trip report for the day! Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato: 22nd December 2009

Andy and Jamie headed out for an impromptu Christmas "skive dive" on HMNZS Waikato, and were joined by Mike, Tony, Tim and Ben. With two long dives exploring the interior, there were some big grins on the drive home! Download trip report as PDF

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures: 11-13th December

This time it was Jamie's turn to take the road trip down to Wellington, with the car laden with twinsets and deco bottles, to teach the first half of a TDI course for Splash Gordon staff. Download course report as PDF

Poor Knights: 5-6th December 2009

Jamie and Mel spent the weekend in Tutukaka, showing international visitors the joys of diving at the Poor Knights and even managed to convince Cas to do a wreck dive! Download trip report as PDF

PADI Self Reliant Diver Course: 4-6th December 2009

Andy took a trip down to Wellington to teach the SRD course for some of the keenest divers in the country! Download course report as PDF

PADI Advanced Wreck Diver: 17th, 18th, 21st & 22nd November 2009

Another run of our very successful Advanced Wreck course, with Astrid running lines into the tight, squeezy places on HMNZS Canterbury that we know and love!Download course report as PDF

PADI Wreck Diver: 21st & 22nd November 2009

With Jamie teaching an Advanced Wreck course, Mel stepped into the breach to teach a wreck course for Aidan, Dean and Aaron on HMNZS Canterbury.Download course report as PDF

Northland Cave Exploration: 14-16th November 2009

Whilst we've been to Matai Bay a few times before, this trip was different! Our aim was a technical diving trip, just spending time exploring new potential cave diving sites in the area! Download trip report as PDF

Stealth Dive: 12th November 2009

Jamie and Mel embarked on a stealth mission with Kevin from Ocean Blue, we're not telling you what they were up to - you have to try and work it out! Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato: 11th November 2009

Another classic "skive dive" on the Waikato! Andy, Jamie and Mel spent the time getting the logistics for the new Advanced Wreck Diver course right, whilst Mike and Chris spent their time getting to know the wreck better. Thanks to Chris for writing this trip report! Download trip report as PDF

Matai Bay: 24-26th October 2009

Taking advantage of the Labour Day weekend, Mel headed up to Matai Bay for some great diving despite a mixed bag when it came to the weather! Download trip report as PDF

Horahora Power Station (Lake Karapiro): 21st October 2009

After a long time studying old maps and tracking down information, we eventually found the location of Horahora Power station that was flooded in 1947. Whilst our idea to dive New Zealand's first hydro-electric power station didn't quite go to plan, it was certainly an adventure for all involved! Download trip report as PDF

GUE Fundamentals Course: 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th October 2009

Peter, Astrid, Tony and John took the opportunity to take the Fundies class over two weekends in October. Download course report as PDF

Lake Taupo & Waikato River Drift Dive: 3-4th October 2009

Another great weekend exploring new spots in Lake Taupo, and revisting places we have dived before! Many thanks to Tony for submitting his report of the weekend, though it wasn't as cold as he makes out.... Download trip report as PDF

Africa: 27th August - 20th September 2009

One of our regulars, Rob Wilson, has just returned from a month's trip to Africa and has shared the first half of his diving odyssey in this trip report. Thanks for sharing, Rob! Download trip report as PDF

Riwaka Resurgence: 17th September 2009

Riwaka is one of the more accessible cave dives in New Zealand, so Jamie and James took a side trip after diving the Mikhail Lermontov to explore this cave system. Download trip report as PDF

Tulagi, Soloman Islands: 6-13th September 2009

The Soloman Islands offer some great diving, from good reefs to deep wrecks. Mel and Cas took the bull by the horns and got some great dives in their week away. Download trip report as PDF

Mikhail Lermontov: 11-15th September 2009

Four days of great diving on the Mikhail Lermontov, probably one of the world's best wreck dives! If you haven't dived the "Rusty Rusky", then put it on your must do list. Download trip report as PDF

GUE Fundamentals Course: 7-10th September 2009

An all girls technical diving course!? Jamie certainly bit off more than he could chew, but the course was a great success with lots of fun as well as learning. Download course report as PDF

Mayor Island: 6th September 2009

Whilst the weather didn't play ball, Jamie, James & Chris got a good taste of diving at Mayor Island. Download trip report as PDF

Aldermans: 30th August 2009

A trip to the Alderman Islands was blessed with great sunshine, and another shark sighting for Jamie - two in as many weekends! Download trip report as PDF

Lake Rotoma: 26th August 2009

Whilst a long day trip from Auckland, the Rotorua lakes offer some great diving for those brave enough to face the cool water. We took a day off midweek to go an explore one of the more popular sites in the area. Download trip report as PDF

Poor Knights Liveaboard: 22/23rd August 2009

Another great weekend at the Poor Knights courtesty of Ocean Blue which gave Jamie plenty of opportunity to explore more of the caverns at the Poor Knights. Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato & Poor Knights "Skive Dives": 18-19th August 2009

A fantastic dive trip, showing once and for all that midweek diving is always better! The August "skive dive" consisted of a night dive on HMNZS Waikato, followed by two dives at the Poor Knights islands. Such a great few dives, it warranted two trip reports! Download trip report as PDF

Volkner Rocks: 10-12th July 2009

A trip to Volkner rocks had mixed weather, but some great diving. Download trip report as PDF

Lake Taupo & Waikato River Drift Dive: 27-28th June 2009

A few hardy souls braved the cold winter water of Lake Taupo and had a fun time zooming down the Waikato River! Download trip report as PDF

HMNZS Waikato: 30-31st May 2009

HMNZS Waikato was purpose sunk as a wreck dive and is the perfect place to get acquainted with wreck diving practices! Thanks to Dive! Tutukaka we ran a wreck diver course on the Saturday and combined it with experience dives on the Sunday. Download trip report as PDF

Rainbow Warrior: 13th April 2009

After being sunk in Auckland harbour in 1985 by operatives of the French intelligence service, the Rainbow Warrior was refloated and towed to it's current resting place in Matauri Bay. Northland Dive provided an opportunity for two dives on this beautiful wreck with a real history behind it. Download trip report as PDF

Matai Bay: 10-12th April 2009

Matai Bay provides some excellent diving in the far north of New Zealand. Over the Easter break, a group of divers ventured to the area for three days of diving with A-Z Diving based in Whatuwhiwhi. Download trip report as PDF

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