Monday, 19 August 2019


Dive Zone Dive Festival is all on

Dive Zone Dive Festival is all on

The 11th Annual Whitianga Dive Festival is all on this weekend. The event is hosted by Dive Zone Whitianga and owners Darrell and Linda Bird say this is one weekend divers, local and from around the country, shouldn’t miss.

This year is againturning out to be a great weekend of networking, competitions, challenges, a bit of partying and loads of awesome prizes that is being given away. Participants have the freedom to choose how many events they want to enter. "Do as little or as much as you want to, it’s as easy as that," Linda says.

The fun kicked off yesterday morning with an underwater photography competition. For those not into picture taking there was the great cray hunt or the spearfishing competition. Prizes for closest to the "mystery" weight for male and female crays and the New Zealand Underwater Association trophy for the biggest crayfish were up for grabs.

Last night was set aside for social networking at the Dive Zone Whitianga store in Blacksmith Lane. Shark expert Riley Elliot was present and shared a few of his thoughts.

Today all the action will be down at Whitianga’s Buffalo Beach and promises to be a great day for the family to have a picnic and enjoy the fun and games. The Mares treasure hunts on the sand for the kids and in the water for the adults will be followed by the highly competitive scuba Olympic challenge.

Tonight will see with a "Pacific Voyager" fancy dress dinner and dance at Whitianga’s Salt Restaurant and Bar.

A BBQ breakfast prize givingtomorrow morning will be time for the major prize give-aways, including the grand prize of a dive trip for two to Niue in July 2015.

Sponsorship from a great range of dive companies and organisations shows how well this local Whitianga event is regarded among the New Zealand diving fraternity. Darrell and Linda would like to acknowledge the support of Mares, Beuchat, Apollo, the New Zealand Underwater Association, Intova and Mission Kayaks.

Also on in Whitianga today is Thunder beach and the Northern Regional Flying Competition.



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