Dive Travel / New Zealand
Subtropical temps, from mid-to high 70Fs. Summer begins in December.
The subtropical East Auckland Current sweeps relatively warm water into the Bay of Plenty (60Fs), but you'll still need to pack a three-eighths to one-quarter-inch wetsuit. In the winter, wear a hood.
You'll need advanced skills to dive the volcanic pinnacles and ridges in the cool waters of the open ocean.
White Island's marine life is influenced by the East Auckland Current and the White Island Trench, which plunges to depths of more than 4,000 feet less than five miles to the east. The underwater terrain hosts a cover of kelp, and schools of packhorse crayfish, bass, hapuku, mao mao and demoiselle. Though chilly, the reef supports some black coral, soft finger sponges, anemones, sea squirts and lace corals.
The New Zealand dollar. At press time, NZ$.835 = US$1.
Passport required. Visitors should have proof of a round-trip ticket as well as proof of sufficient funds for their stay.
230 volts AC. 50Hz.
The only nonstop flights available from the United States originate in Los Angeles. United, Air New Zealand and Qantas provide service to Aucland on North Island.
In Whakatane on North Island. The New Zealand Tourism Board publishes Where To Stay, a directory of accommodations. To order, call (800) 388-5494.
On North Island, 011-6494-458454.
Call the New Zealand Tourism Board, (800) 388-5494.