This is arguably one of the best dive sites in the country. The Volkner Rocks are three volcanic rock stacks attached to White Island (an active volcano) by a submarine ridge known as the Whakaari High. They rise 112 m above sea level in a stark and forbidding group. Beneath the water they are colourful and prolific.
Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks) Marine Reserve was created in 2006, and covers 1267 ha in a rough circle around Volkner Rocks.
The Volkner Rocks rise from a depth of 200-400 m. These near-vertical rock faces are covered in colourful encrusting organisms including some recorded only at Volkner Rocks.
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The closest accommodation to Te Paepae o Aotea is at Whakatane or Te Kaha.
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