- Any recommendations for lodging at Bay of Islands? My wife found a place in Paihia Bay called Koru Cottage. Any other suggestions would be appreciated for a family of 4. It looks like we'll be there for about 3 days.
- Are there any dive shops that rent freedive suits or other equipment rental in or not too far from Bay of Islands? We're trying to figure out what to pack and what we can rent/hire. Dive Centre in north Auckland looks like it rents scuba suits, etc., so maybe pick up dive weights there.
- We're up for shore, kayak or boat dives. If there are any recommended areas to hunt / explore (without giving up secret spots) it would be very helpful. PM me if you don't want a location posted here, I won't post it anywhere. We're traveling around quite a bit, so if there are other recommended areas, other than at Bay of Islands, those would be great too.
- My son and I use 7mm freedive suits year round for northern California diving. Any recommendations for late June (winter) NZ north island freediving? Would a 5mm be warm enough or stick with the 7mm? Ocean temp looks like it averages around 60-64F (16-17.5 C) at that time, warmer than northern CA.