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Wreck Diving!

Wreck Diving!
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We're lucky to have some fantastic wrecks within the recreational dive range close by to Auckland.

Most popular are the Wrecks of the Waikato, the Tui, the Canterbury and the Rainbow Warrior!

We regularly dive the local wrecks, and would love you to come along! The Waikato & The Tui are a short boat ride out of Tutukaka harbour, meaning that they are easily accessible for a day's diving. The Canterbury is further North, into the Bay of Islands and we dive this as part of our Bay of Islands Weekend trips. The Rainbow Warrior is even further North, near Matauri Bay. We have  special 'War & Peace' wreck weekends, where we will spend one day on the Canterbury and 1 day on the Rainbow Warrior!

If you do have any questions or would like more information, enquire here or give us a call in store - 09 489 7782
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The Waikato:
The frigate ex HMNZS Waikato was built in Belfast, and launched in 1966. She's over 100m long, and currently sits in approx 30m of water, making her a perfect dive for those who are Advanced Open Water or higher. She currently sits on the bottom in two pieces - the bow has separated from the main body of the wreck, and rests about 12m away from the main body. This means that she is very open for exploration by suitably qualified divers! The bottom of the wreck is approx 30m, although suitably qualified divers have found deeper depths from inside the wreck itself, where she has settled into the seabed! The top of the wreck comes up to approx 14m, making her a perfect multi level dive. Minimum certification is Advanced Open Water with 15 logged dives.

The Canterbury:
The Canterbury is the most recently sunk wreck of those featured here, but is proving an exceptionally popular dive due to it's accessible location, upright position on the sand and easy access for divers. She currently rests in approx 37m of water, however the wreck itself comes up to 12m from the surface! This means that she is a great dive for divers at Advanced Open Water level or above. This wreck has begun to attract substantial marine life, including some amazing local stingrays and seahorses!
Minimum qualification is Advanced Open Water.

The Tui:
The former HMNZS Tui sits in approx 32m of water, and is a little closer to shore than the Waikato wreck. She is more broken up than the Waikato, and the majority of the wreck is fairly deep meaning this is traditionally a 'square profile' dive - with pretty much everything deeper than 26m! Minimum certification is Advanced Open Water with 35 logged dives.

We recently dived the wreck, as shown on the video above. Our charter company said that we were the first group they had taken to the wreck in about 2 years! 

We'll certainly be heading back for some more! 

The Rainbow Warrior:
The world famous Rainbow Warrior was the flagship of the Greenpeace organisation, when it was bombed in Auckland by French saboteurs to prevent it's attendance in protest against French Nuclear testing. After her initial bombing, the Rainbow Warrior was transported north where it has become one of NZ'a most popular dive sites! Resting in approx 26m of water, and quite broken up, the Rainbow Warrior has transformed from protest ship into a thriving man made reef for local wildlife!
Minimum qualification is Advanced Open Water.

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