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Tutukaka Wreck Diving Lermontov Shipwreck & Reef Diving New Zealand 12 Days/ 10 Nights - Tutukaka, Wellington, Lermontov Lodge

First, Enjoy a coach transfer from Auckland traveling along the coast to the quaint town of Tutukaka. The heads of this beautiful natural harbour open to the Pacific Ocean and the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve, a world-renowned diving location. There are some picturesque beaches within the harbour and the road north leads to several spectacular white-sand ocean beaches between forest-covered headlands.

Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, also known as the arts and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun.

Based at the very cosy and secluded Lermontov Lodge in Port Gore, only 5 minutes by boat to the Mikhail Lermontov, you will have unlimited access to this world class wreck dive, as well as the other historical wrecks and reefs in the Port Gore, Cape Jackson area.

Travel Package Features

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  • Accommodation - Tutukaka (4 Nights), Wellington (1 Night), Lermontov Lodge (4 Nights), Wellington (1 Night)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
  • US Domestic Flights not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Wellington (Return)
  • Day Tours - Tutukaka: 3 Days of Diving; Wellington: Scenic Ferry to Picton (Return); Lermontov Lodge: 3 Days of Diving
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Tutukaka Accommodation (Return), Wellington Airport to
  • Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal, Picton Ferry Terminal to Lermontov Lodge (Return), Wellington Ferry Terminal to Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Airport
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Travel Package Detailed Itinerary

(Day 1) (Fri) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland
From USA to New Zealand Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
(Day 2) (Sun) Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Tutukaka Accommodation
Auckland, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Tutukaka, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Days 2 to 6) (Sun to Thurs) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Tutukaka
Travel to your accommodation in Tutukaka, New Zealand where you will be staying for 4 nights.

The resort overlooks the whole of the Tutukaka Harbour with a breathtaking ocean panorama across the deep sea fishing grounds from the historic Poor Knights Islands to the Hen and Chicken Islands. A coastal area where man and nature combine to provide a whole host of things to do, swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, sight-seeing, line fishing trips, deep sea fishing, exciting beaches to discover and explore.
(Days 3 to 5) (Mon to Wed) - 3 Days of Diving in Tutukaka
Go diving with Dive Tutukaka New Zealand's premier full-service dive charter operator.

Dive Tutukaka is New Zealand's premier full-service dive charter operator. The Poor Knights Islands are on Jacques Cousteau's list of top 10 dive sites in the world! The turbulent sunlit waters and kelp forests on the upper reaches of the tumbling 'giant staircase', to the waters of the islands' many caves, offer an extraordinary variety of underwater experiences. There are sponge gardens and gorgonian fields inhabited by a myriad of fish, shellfish, urchins and anemones. The islands' famous arches are fascinating to explore. In the warmer months, stingrays can be seen cruising the waters of the archways.
(Day 6) (Thur) - Shuttle Transfer, Tutukaka Accommodation to Auckland Airport
Auckland, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Tutukaka, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Day 6 cont) (Thur) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Wellington
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to the nation's captital, Wellington.

(Day 6 cont) (Thurs) - Shuttle Transfer, Wellington Airport to Accommodation
Wellington, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Days 6 to 7) (Thurs to Fri)- 1 Night Accommodation in Wellington
Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.


Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located conveniently in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a short walk from Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum and the waterfront. Your vacation hotel has a direct elevator to Lambton Quay via a shopping arcade. Travel to New Zealand's top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough, which are only a short drive away. Or participate in adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
(Day 7) (Fri) - Shuttle Transfer, Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Wellington to the Ferry Terminal.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Day 7 cont) (Fri) - Day Tour, Ferry Ride from Wellington to Picton
The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world".



The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island's Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

In addition to the beautiful views the vessel offers Comfortable Passenger Lounges, Food Court, Bar, Coffee Counter, Children's Area, Nursery, Outdoor Observation Decks, Workstations, Movie Theatre and Souvenirs Shop.

Upgrade available to Premium Plus Lounge, with complimentary Wi-Fi, Food and Beverages, available.
(Day 7 cont) (Fri) - Shuttle Transfer from Picton Ferry Terminal to Lermontov Lodge
Picton, South Island, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from Picton Ferry Terminal to your vacation accommodation at Lermontov Lodge.

(Days 7 to 11) (Fri to Tues) - 4 Nights Accommodation at Lermontov Lodge
Travel to your accommodation at Lermontov Lodge on New Zealand's South Island, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Based at the very cosy and secluded Lermontov Lodge in Port Gore, only 5 minutes by boat to the Mikhail Lermontov, you will have unlimited access to this world class wreck dive, as well as the other historical wrecks and reefs in the Port Gore, Cape Jackson area. The Lodge is nearly 3 hours scenic drive from Picton, with the closest shop being in Picton. The Lermontov Lodge is a remote eco friendly facility. There is no cell phone coverage and only VHF contact. Your accommodation will provide home cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Additional Info:
Dietary requirements can be accommodated for at extra charge
You will need to purchase all your personal requirements prior to departure from Picton
Go Dive supplies, bath towel, pillow and slip, bottom sheet, top sheet and summer weight duvet. Throw rugs available for cooler nights
(Days 8 to 10) ( Sat to Mon) - 3 Days of Shipwreck & Reef Diving
South Island, New Zealand Spend 4 Days in Port Gore for wreck diving. The ultimate way to dive one of the biggest and best wrecks in the world.

The Mikhail Lermontov sunk in Marlborough Sound on the Northern Tip of the South island of New Zealand in 1978. Named after a Russian poet this Russian cruise ship is one of the largest ships to sink since the Titanic & it occurred under mysterious circumstances. It is alleged that is may have been operating as a spy ship & to add support to this government reports as to how she sank have never been released so nobody really knows.
She lays in approx 108ft of water on the starboard side with an average dive depth of 75ft & represents an excellent penetration dive mostly due to the fact she is still fully intact and has not been salvaged.

Diving the Lermontov offers the following:

Accommodation is in bunk style rooms, all linen and bath towels supplied.
All meals are included with fresh seafood entrée's, cooked breakfasts.
Beer, wine and snacks with evening meals.
Cylinders, twin 12 litre steels, or 12 litre steel singles, twins with 300bar valves singles with 200bar DIN/A-clamp valves
Sling cylinders and regs are available for those who want to penetrate parts of the wreck that require specialised kit (specific skills required).
Up to three guided dives per day
Nitrox 32% is available at NZ$10.00 per single or $18.00 per twin.
Closest shop is 2 hours away, Lodge is remote & in a beautiful part of NZ
No cell or internet connection
Lodge is powered by generator/invertor, but does have ample charging facilities
Visibility in November ranges from 20 to 60 ft on the outside of the wreck
Water temp is approx 60F during November
(Day 11) ( Tues) - Shuttle Transfer from Lermontov Lodge to Picton Ferry Terminal
Shuttle from Lermontov to Picton Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation at Lermontov Lodge to Picton.

(Day 11 cont) (Tues) - Day Tour, Travel by Ferry from Picton to Welington
The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Picton (South Island) and Wellington (North Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world".

The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island's Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

In additon to the beautiful views the vessel offers Comfortable Passenger Lounges, Food Court, Bar, Coffee Counter, Children's Area, Nursery, Outdoor Observation Decks, Workstations, Movie Theatre and Souvenirs Shop.
(Day 11cont) (Tues) - Shuttle Transfer, Wellington Ferry Terminal to Accommodation
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Wellington Ferry Terminal to your vacation accommodation.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Days 11 to 12) ( Tues to Wed) - 1 Night Accommodation in Wellington
Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.


Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located conveniently in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a short walk from Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum and the waterfront. Your vacation hotel has a direct elevator to Lambton Quay via a shopping arcade. Travel to New Zealand's top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough, which are only a short drive away. Or participate in adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
(Day 12) (Wed) - Shuttle Transfer, Wellington Accommodation to Airport
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Wellington to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Day 12 cont) (Wed) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Wellington to Auckland
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Wellington to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 12 cont) (Wed) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles
International flight from Auckland to Los Angeles Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.




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