Houghton Bay

February 6, 2024

A Waitangi Day dive with my son Nate and my first dive in Houghton Bay. It's a nice site in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve with a large beach.

Houghton Bay

I had heard there were one or more octopus at this site so we were on the lookout for one the whole time but didn't get lucky. There was lots of other wildlife though.

Striped Anemone

There were heaps of crayfish and I was even able to get a picture from behind one. A rare perspective as they're typically tucked under a rock or ledge facing outwards.


This (what I think is a) yellow wrasse kept swimming around us for the short while we were in its territory.

Yellow Wrasse

Nate was having a good time.


We even found the moulted husk of a crayfish. It's odd to see a perfectly intact but empty shell of a crayfish.

Moulted Crayfish

Towards the end of the dive, we found a large nest of crayfish.

Crayfish Nest

We eventually made our way back to the beach and finished up the dive.

Houghton Bay

Location: Wellington, North Island, Wellington, New Zealand


Dive Number:   248
Bottom Time: 59m
Time In: 12:29 p.m.
Tank In: 205 PSI
Max Depth: 8.10 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop:
Time Out: 1:28 p.m.
Tank Out: 108 PSI
Average Depth: 4.80 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 216h 37m