New Zealand – A Wide Variety Of Temperate Diving
Overview of diving in New Zealand
New Zealand diving is extremely diverse, with a mix of tropical and temperate species found among the kelp forests and reefs. Most tourists fly into Auckland or Wellington, with reasonably priced flights domestic flights available to get around the country. If flying into Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Poor Knights Island, and Goat Island are all great dive locations within a few hours drive.
Top Dive Sites / Locations
Rainbow Warrior wreck
Bay of Islands
Poor Knigts Island
Mikhail Lermontov wreck
From Wellington, take a short ferry journey to the South Island and you can dive the Mikhail Lermontov wreck and further south fur seals and dolphins can be found at Kaikoura. Miflord Sound, spectacular above water, also hosts the spiney sea dragon. At Stewart Island, great white shark sightings are frequent.
The Bay Of Islands is situated a few hours drive of Auckland. It is known for its abundance of marine life, with marine mammals frequently spotted and impressive reef dives. It is also home to the famous Rainbow Warrior wreck and ex navy ship the HMNZS Canterbury.
Port Gore on the south island is now a popular dive site due to the Mikhail Lermontov wreck which rests in the bay. The Lermontov was a large cruise ship and is still mostly intact, making for a great dive.