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Only ten minutes off the Tutukaka Coast, two ex-Navy ships were sunk almost 11 years ago.
The Twin Wrecks, the ex-HMNZS Waikato and the ex-HMS Tui, are established artificial reefs with schooling fish, encrusting life, and is a total adventure playground.
Great site for the PADI Advanced Course, and with purpose cut entry and exit holes, an excellent training ground for all level of divers.
The Waikato is 113 metres long, a Leander class frigate sitting upright on the sandy bottom at a depth of 28 metres.
The Tui is more of a challanging wreck at 32 metres of depth, and 65 metres long.
Spend a day or two diving at the Poor Knights Islands, a must-do, and then finish off with a wreck dive on the local coast.