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Dive Spots

Explore memorable dive spots with us!

Last summer there was sightings of seahorses, manta rays, whales, leatherback turtles, huge short tailed stingrays, sharks and eagle rays, as well as more common species such as john dory, snapper, king fish and loads more! So why not join us on our next trip! We head up for a weekend once a month, and enjoy 4 dives from comfortable and spacious boats. This trip is a particular staff favourite and it's easy to see why!

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Canterbury Wreck

The former Navy Frigate Canterbury F421 currently lies peacefully in Deep Water Cove, adjacent to Cape Brett. It remains upright and completely intact, presenting a remarkable spectacle as a prime destination for diving enthusiasts. Divers typically commence their exploration at the bow, which is situated at a depth of around 20 meters, and can proceed through the bridge to reach the helicopter hangar located at approximately 27 meters.

The upper deck, bridge, and initial floor levels are comfortably accessible for recreational divers. However, the lower levels, including the stern, demand a higher level of expertise, with the stern resting at approximately 36 meters below the surface. Remarkably, marine life is already establishing itself on the Canterbury, with schools of fish taking up residence in the bridge area and around the funnel, enhancing the overall diving experience.

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Goat Island

Located off the coast of Leigh, New Zealand, Goat Island Marine Reserve is a paradise for scuba divers. Established in 1975 as New Zealand’s first marine reserve, it offers a pristine underwater environment perfect for exploration.

Explore waters teeming with vibrant marine life, from colorful fish and kelp forests to playful sea creatures. With visibility typically ranging between 6-20 meters, Goat Island is an excellent site for divers of all levels, especially beginners. The reserve provides an exceptional opportunity to witness untouched underwater ecosystems and is a haven for marine research and conservation.

Whether you're an experienced diver or just starting, Goat Island Marine Reserve promises an unforgettable diving experience. 

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Rainbow Warrior

The Rainbow Warrior served as Greenpeace's leading vessel. Following a bombing incident orchestrated by French saboteurs on July 10th, 1985, the decision was made to intentionally submerge the ship, transforming it into an artificial reef. This sunken wreck now rests within the Cavalli Islands and has evolved into a renowned global diving destination.

With a maximum depth of 26 meters, this site offers a captivating underwater experience, boasting an array of diverse marine life. The wreck is adorned with Jewel Anemones, making it a truly spectacular and mesmerizing location for diving enthusiasts.

Suited for Advanced Divers and above.

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Great Mercury Island

Great Mercury Island, also known as Ahuahu, stands as the largest island in the group, followed by Red Mercury Island, referred to as Whakau, as the second largest.

The diving experiences in this region are truly exceptional, particularly at Never Fail Rock, adorned with vibrant sponges and delicate corals. It's a dream come true for photographers, especially those aiming to capture macro images. However, it's worth noting that diving at Never Fail Rock can be demanding, characterized by robust currents, typically suitable for divers with a considerable level of expertise. The rock is teeming with marine life, including typical reef inhabitants and open-water species found in substantial schools, such as trevally, kahawai, and their accompanying predators.

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Aldermen Islands

The captivating Aldermen Islands, bestowed with their name by Captain Cook himself in 1769, stand as a beloved destination for diving enthusiasts. These islands are conveniently located near the charming town of Tairua. referred to as the Poor Knights of the Coromandel, the Aldermen Islands boast an impressive array of over 30 dive sites. Among them, the Honeycomb Caves, Orca bay, Nudibranch Wall stand out, defying description with their awe-inspiring beauty. Whether you're a novice or an experienced diver, there's something here to marvel at.

Diving in these waters exposes you to a diverse marine world, featuring Nudibranchs, Crayfish, Stingrays, Dolphins, Seals, Manta Rays, even Mola Mola, alongside a multitude of fish species.  

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Far North

Scuba diving in the far north of New Zealand offers an exhilarating adventure. With its pristine waters, diverse marine life, and stunning underwater landscapes, this region provides a unique underwater experience. Explore the depths, encounter schools of fish, and marvel at the occasional sighting of larger marine creatures like rays and sharks. The clear visibility makes it an ideal destination for both beginners and experienced divers. What sets this region apart is its rugged and untouched underwater terrain, due to fewer divers. Whether you're exploring hidden gems in the area or other renowned dive sites, scuba diving in the far north of New Zealand promises unforgettable underwater encounters and breathtaking natural beauty in a less explored environment.

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Waikato Wreck

The former HMNZS Waikato, a distinguished frigate, entered service with the Royal New Zealand Navy on September 5, 1966. Her impressive service record spanned until 1998 when, after decades of dedicated service, she was decommissioned.

In 1999 and 2000, Tutukaka Coast secured the opportunity to transform the vessel into an inviting dive site, ensuring safety measures and access for divers. Notably, they left behind the iconic twin 4.5-inch gun and the ship's propeller as lasting reminders of her naval history.

On November 25, 2000, the Waikato embarked on her final journey, descending to her resting place in the depths. Now, she lies peacefully in the waters, with her two sections resting on her port side. The dive site offers clear waters and an easy-to-navigate layout, making it not only a fitting tribute to her naval history but also an ideal training ground for divers. The site can be found at depths ranging from 28-30 meters to the sandy bottom, approximately 15-20 meters to the starboard side of the wreck.

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Mokohinau Island

The Mokohinau Island group is encircled by crystal-clear azure waters, providing an enthralling underwater terrain. These islands offer remarkable offshore diving opportunities, featuring sheer walls adorned with vibrant marine life, including snapper, blue and pink maomao, trevally, kingfish, and occasional encounters with bronze whaler sharks. Beginning at just over 5 meters deep, these underwater wonders extend to depths well beyond 30 meters. Visibility consistently impresses, typically spanning from 15 to 30 meters.

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White Island

White Island, the only active marine volcano in New Zealand, is a captivating diving destination located in the stunning Bay of Plenty, a mere 50 kilometers off the shores of Whakatane. This unique site allows you to plunge into the depths of an active volcano, offering a range of exhilarating dive experiences. From the towering cathedral spire pinnacles with dramatic 150-meter drop-offs to tranquil reef dives brimming with a diverse array of aquatic life, White Island has something to offer every diving enthusiast.

As you descend to explore the underwater volcanic vents, you'll be transported to environments believed to resemble the origins of life. Here, you'll encounter mesmerizing archways and fumaroles emitting volcanic gases, which foster an exceptionally rich and varied marine ecosystem. This world-class dive site provides you with the opportunity to witness a wide range of underwater wonders, all within the span of a single weekend of diving.

Suitable for advanced divers and above

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Hen and Chickens

The Hen and Chicken Islands boast an average diving depth of approximately 25 meters or 82 feet, making it suitable for divers of all levels. For more experienced divers, Sail Rock offers even greater depths. The visibility underwater typically ranges from 10 to 20 meters, and access to the dive sites is primarily by boat.

These islands serve as common breeding grounds for various marine species, including schools of blue mao mao, sweep, trevally, and silver drummer. During the summer months, as you descend along the dramatic walls that transition into boulders, you might occasionally encounter Kingfish. These walls eventually level out, revealing crevices where hidden crayfish and sizable yellow moray eels can be found. Additionally, you'll find substantial kelp-covered boulders that provide shelter for goatfish, red moki, and demoiselles.

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Poor Knights

The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, located about 12 Nautical Miles off New Zealand's coast, is renowned for its stunning above and below-water landscapes, showcasing a rich and diverse marine ecosystem. It's designated as both a Marine Reserve and a Nature Reserve, with potential World Heritage recognition. These volcanic islands, formed around 11 million years ago, feature dramatic drop-offs, imposing walls, intriguing caves, arches, and tunnels.

The islands teem with unique flora, fauna, and aquatic life, including the largest sea cave in the Southern Hemisphere, Riko Riko Cave, and the Northern, Eastern and Southern Arches. You'll also learn about the islands' human history and geological origins. Experience this top diving destination with a day trip to the Poor Knights Islands!

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Matheson Bay

Mathesons Bay offers a protected inlet ideal for diving enthusiasts. Divers can conveniently access and leave the water either from the sandy beach or the rocky platform when the tide conditions are favorable.

Underwater, you can anticipate encountering a diverse array of marine life, including John Dory, Snapper, Parore, Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Stargazers, Kingfish, Yellow Tail Mullet, Nudibranch, Octopus, crayfish, and a plethora of other fascinating creatures.

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