Remarkables Ice Diving

By Pete Mesley

Ice diving has not really been something I’ve pursued in my diving career. Ice diving is just diving in a lake with a sheet of ice over the top – nothing special. That was about to change. As part of a National Geographic production for TVNZ Natural History we headed to Queenstown’s Lake Alta.

Situated 1800m above sea level and nestled high in New Zealand’s Remarkable Range of mountains we were to test our gear in preparation for diving on the RMS Niagara off the Tutukaka coast in Northland. It was this dive that totally changed the way I think about ice diving. I was hooked!

After making the decision to return to the ice for the annual Lake Alta ice dive. (full adventure in the hard copy).

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