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The Yung Pen is an old wreck fully covered in seaweed with only its stern section left to explore.

Name Dive Site:Yung Pen
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The Yung Pen was a Korean fishing boat, wrecked off Owhiro Bay on Wellington's south coast in 1982 during a storm. She split in two with her bow almost ending up on the road while the stern section sank not far from the beach in eight meters of water. It sits upside down, like some sort of underwater tent providing a home for the invertebrate life.

There were numerous fish around the hull and underneath, including red moki, scarlet and banded wrasses, spotties and blue cod. This dive site is part of a proposed marine reserve and we had expected to see schools of catchable-sized fish - but there weren't any. The road around the coast has plenty of places to park with a short walk into the water. Access to the Yung Pen site was down a disused concrete boat ramp, far easier than clambering over the rocks.

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