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Maximum of 6 rock lobster (both species combined) on any one day.
Except Te Arai Point, Auckland to Cape Runaway where a total of 3 spiny rock lobsters can be taken, and the remainder (up to 6 in total) can be packhorse rock lobster. If no spiny rock lobsters are taken at the same time, 6 packhorse lobsters can be taken.
Measure the tail width in a straight line between the tips of the two large (primary) spines on the second segment of the tail. If you are unsure of the sex, use the 60mm measurement.
Measure the tail length along the underside in a straight line from the rear of the calcified bar on the first segment to the tip of the middle fan of the tail. Must have a tail length of at least 216mm (male and female).
There are rules and protections for gathering rock lobster/crayfish that cover: protected types, gathering methods, pot construction and use.
From Te Arai Point, Auckland to Cape Runaway telson clipping is required for all recreationally harvested spiny rock lobsters. The last third of the telson (central part of the tail fan) must be cut off so that it is noticeably shorter than the other sections of the tail fan. This must be done to all legal spiny rock lobsters as soon as they are taken.
Labelled diagram of a telson-clipped lobster [PDF, 551 KB]
Do not telson clip any packhorse rock lobsters.
It was also an amazing year for diving and our return trip to the Galapagos Islands was even better than our previous trip in 2014!
Let me paint a picture – we’re sitting on the liveaboard boat at Darwin Island – over 165 nautical miles north of Galapagos’ main islands, we've crossed the equator overnight and just arrived that morning…
We look out towards Darwin Arch less than 1km away, just down the coast we can see a mother Humpback Whale teaching its baby to slap its tail on the surface, around the boat we count 6 turtles relaxing on the surface, 7 Silky sharks are swimming under the boat, then suddenly a school of Mobula Rays are jumping into the air as they swim past, and the biggest school of dolphin any of us has even seen is in the distance leaping and playing as only they can… this isn’t over the morning – this is all at the same time! To say we were excited to get in the water was the biggest understatement you can imagine… we were all buzzing to get under Darwin Arch!
Heading out towards the arch on one of the two inflatables – our boat driver suddenly yells out “Whale Shark right below us... get ready to go” heart racing gear in place camera in hand, “3, 2, 1, go as the inflatable slows down ahead of the whale shark – we backward roll in – I'm lucky – I'm at the front of the RIB and manage to swim ahead and slowly let her catch up to me and we’re only 3m below the surface! I angle to be above her and swim to get into the pressure wave above her head… always mindful of never touching – and manoeuvring so I'm in the sweet spot. I don’t have to fin as hard – I'm being pulled along with her – it feels amazing, I quickly look back and a couple of divers are still swimming trying to keep up – the others have peeled off towards the arch.
She angles down and takes me on a 9-minute swim to 30m – several Giant Trevally come and join me above her head… they don’t stay long as almost unbelievably she swims through a school of hammerhead sharks!Truly one of the most epic moments I've had underwater in my 36 years of diving! She turns – I'm trying to remember to take pictures but I don’t want to waste this experience looking through the lens… she starts to ascend – too quickly for me to safely stay with her… so I peel off to the side – making sure the Go Pro on top of my camera captures her disappearing up into the blue shallows around the arch… she’s gone – I turn to high five the others (if they're still there) and a second whale shark is 4m away swimming straight towards me! I move up above and out of the way and let her pass underneath me and I swim on her back for the next couple of minutes and realise just how lucky I've been on my first dive at Darwin Arch – and that was just the first 15 minutes!
Over the seven days we’re on board Galapagos Aggressor we swim with hundreds of Hammerheads, Turtles, and many more Whale Sharks – not to mention the Seals, Sealions, Marine Iguana, Sunfish, huge schools of Barracuda – this really is scuba diving heaven… We climb an extinct volcano and get incredible pictures of the wild landscape, we visit the giant tortoises and tour around finding penguins. We eat great food, drinks, and have some late nights playing our new favourite dice game “Zilch” (thanks Willie). This made for another epic trip at what we believe is the greatest big fish dive in the world – Darwin Arch - Galapagos… And yes, we've booked the Galapagos Aggressor for August 2022! Contact Malcolm on 09 444 7698 to book your spot(s)!
Not parallel imported and not brands you've never heard of! Everything we sell is backed up by us; NZ's longest running Dive Company, and by the approved importers, so you can always buy in confidence from us!
Dive Centre Ltd has been owned and run by the Kidd family since 1972. We have assembled an unmatched team of dive professionals whose sole focus is to make sure you choose the right equipment. We remain dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate dive experience, offering the biggest range of services, the best advice on anything related to diving, and the largest selection of "quality" dive equipment in NZ.
Dive Centre Ltd recommends from top brands such as:
Aqualung, SeaQuest, Suunto, Technisub, Apeks, Apollo, Tusa, Pro Dive, Trident, Underwater Kinetics, Mares, Faber Steel cylinders, Catalina Aluminium Cylinders, Sea & Sea Digital Cameras, Drysuits by Whites - Waterproof - Otter and Bare, Ikelite Camera Housings and Strobes, Trident Accessories, Roll Control Tank Racks, and many more!
We stand behind everything we sell and do, and we will not be beaten on price for the gear we sell! We are here 7 days per week to answer any and all questions about the gear you're thinking about buying, we are NZ's most trusted Dive Professionals, so phone us on 09 444 7698 or email us now, if we can help in any way, we are at your service.
History - We are New Zealand's longest serving dive family, (we have run Dive Centre Ltd since 1972) from small beginnings by the 1980's we were the leading store in NZ with a reputation second to none. Since then we have maintained the highest standards and continue to employ passionate divers that take your (and their) fun seriously.
People - Good service starts and ends with our staff - dedicated scuba mad Instructors that live and breathe diving. They love teaching diving and they win awards from PADI proving how good they are at it! We are an independent family run dive training company that again goes the extra distance to make sure you enjoy getting into our great sport - we do not dive in Lake Pupuke - we think diving is supposed to be fun!
Equipment maintenance - All dive equipment servicing is done on-site by a certified service technician in all major brands whose job it is to maintain your equipment to the highest standards.
Cylinder testing - We are an IANZ ISO9002 approved Cylinder testing laboratory for on-site testing of scuba, BA, Industrial Gas, Air Storage, CNG, and LPG cylinders.
Air Quality - We have invested in Bauer Compressors and custom-made over sized filtration systems computer monitored to ensure high quality air at all times. We always fill in water to ensure good fills and to be able to check for leaks. We are certified to fill Air, Enriched Air Nitrox, and Tri Mix on-site.
Computer Servicing - We have the leading dive computer service facilities in New Zealand. Climate controlled, Electrostatic Discharge protected workstations, ESD gloves, and even ESD tools, mean your dive computers are maintained to the highest possible standard. We are the sole approved service centre for the world’s leading brand Suunto Dive, Outdoor and Performance watches and computers in New Zealand.
Trusted by those in the know - We are a wholesale service company that services equipment for other dive shops from all over New Zealand. We are trusted by them for their own customers because they know the lengths we've gone too to build the best facilities and for the fact that we take fun & safety underwater seriously.
We have sold more Aqualung Regulators and BCD's & Suunto Computers, and than anyone else in NZ, we are "The Home of Aqualung & Suunto in New Zealand"!
Visit NZ's biggest store and see why Aqualung is the biggest brand on earth, and the longest running dive company in the world!
Aqualung introduced the world to Scuba diving more than 60 years ago and is the worldwide leader in SCUBA diving equipment. Under brands such as Apeks, Aqua Lung or SeaQuest, they manufacture quality and high performance regulators, buoyancy compensators (BCD's), dive computers, masks, fins, snorkels, wetsuits and many more products to make your diving adventure safe and memorable.
More people buy Aqualung around the world than any other brand.
When you purchase AquaLung products from an authorised dealer you are purchasing from trained professionals who are able to instruct you on the proper and safe use of that equipment. You will have the assurance of the Aqualung manufacturer's warranty together with the "Aqualung" guarantee of customer satisfaction".
Aqualung Regulators and Alternate Air Sources have the highest quality original service kits avilable; why is this important?
This means a much lower cost of ongoing servicing, because the original service kits we use are designed to last a long time! It is vital to get your gear "checked" every year, but you don't have to get a "full service" every year with Aqualung like you do with other brands!
If "Non Aqualung Dealers" talk badly about this type of Servicing, you can be assured it's because they can't offer you the same level of cost savings and peace of mind. Scuba equipment is Life-Support Equipment. Buy once, Buy right, and you will never regret it.
Suunto is the leading manufacturer of sports instruments for a variety of sports, including diving, skiing, hiking, sailing and golf. Their strategy is to focus on sports activities where advanced measurement technology, data processing, and specific algorithms can create significant benefits for active participants.
Suunto's mission is to be the world's most desired sports instrument brand.
Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto has grown to be the world's leading manufacturer of diving instruments. Since the launch of the Suunto Vector in 1998, their wrist top computer category has steadily grown to be the most important product category today. They also provide a wide range of mechanical instruments - field compasses, precision instruments and marine compasses - these products have been the core of Suunto throughout their history. The success of the company is based on its high quality products and consistent dedication to research and development. The ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System is used in all operations.
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