Upper South Island and the West Coast Places

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Picton

Diving

The Marlborough Sounds have an excellent dive site in the Mikhail Lermontov; now recognized as one of the world's great wreck dives. In 1986, this massive Russian cruise ship sank on her side in 30 meters (100 feet) of water in Port Gore, on the edge of Cook Strait. (One life was lost.) The 200-meter-long (600-foot-long) ship is now an exciting dive site for anyone with moderate diving skills. September and October generally have the best visibility but the trips run all year.

Dive Boat Picton, Nine Dives. Swim with seals, dive on the wreck of the Russian cruise liner, Mikhail Lermontov, and other wrecks, and scuba and snorkel in Long Island Marine Reserve with this PADI-certified and Department of Conservation licensed company. You can dive with a qualified guide or just head down with a buddy. Picton. 0800/934–837. www.ninedives.co.nz.

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