DIVE NEW ZEALAND

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TUTUKAKA - The magic of the Poor Knights!
From NZ$ 219 per person

 

Just up the coast from Auckland lies the magical harbour of Tutukaka. From here several dive operators access 2 amazing wreck dives and the magical Poor Knights Islands.

12 nm off the coast the Poor Knights are the remnants of a volcanic ridge and a total wildlife and marine reserve. Described by Jacques Cousteau as one of the worlds premier dive sites due to the clarity of the water and the abundance of sea life there.

The Poor Knights are a fantastic opportunity for newer divers who want to gain experience as there are a myriad of dive sites to explore.

In addition to this there are two warships sunk in diver friendly depths, to make artificial reefs. The research ship TUI and frigate WAIKATO are perfect for advanced divers as they have exploration holes cut in them so you can explore helicopter hangers, mess rooms and the bridges of the vessels.

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Accommodation - Stay in Tutakaka where there is a range of accommodation or you can day trip from Auckland.

Dive sites - too many to mention

Best time to Dive - Winter, May - September gets the best clarity in colder water. The warm tropical current generally arrives around December and stays through until April when the most sea life is abundant.

Other activities - diving, snorkeling!

Package - day trips from NZ$ 219.00 - 2 dives for a certified diver or snorkeling

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BAY OF ISLANDS - Known as the hell hole of the South Pacific, wrecks, reefs, scallops and crayfish!
From NZ$ 180 per person

Known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific, The Bay of Islands was the first place colonised in New Zealand and has a huge amount of history. NZ’s treaty of Waitangi our founding document was signed here.

The area is truly stunning with blue tropical water arriving in late summer, blending tropical fish and pelagics with New Zealand’s sub tropical sea life. In terms of diving, there is a hugely diverse range of dive sites, from reefs and wall diving on the outer islands, to wreck dives on the famous Greenpeace vessel “The Rainbow Warrior” and the Navy frigate "Canterbury" both sunk as artificial reefs. 

The Bay of Islands has a huge range of day trips from Russell or Pahia both of which are beautiful holiday destinations.

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Accommodation - Pahia and Russell have a range of options from camp ground cabins right through to 5 star hotels.

Dive sites - everything from wreck dives to reefs, deep walls and caves.

Best time to Dive - all year round, but the warm tropical water is present from January through to April.

Other activities - night life, historic tour of the treaty grounds, dolphin tours, hole in the rock trips. 

Package - day trips from NZ$ 219.00 - 2 dives for a certified diver or snorkeling

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FIORDLAND - Primeval landscape with surprises under the water.
From NZ$ 3,600 per person

One of New Zealand's most remote areas, Fiordland is a paradise for those who love adventure diving, fishing and hunting. Huge crayfish, delicate corals which are fooled by the layer of fresh water in the sounds, incredible water clarity and exciting wall dives make this a divers paradise.

The accommodation is on a liveaboard dive vessel where you will be able to do an abundance of dives. Access into the boat is generally by helicopter giving you an unforgettable experience at the start and finish of your trip.

 

We have a range of 4, 5 and 7 day live aboard options in Fiordland on boats which range from comfortable to luxurious.

 

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Accommodation - live aboard dive boat.

Dive sites - wall dives, reef dives, hunter/gatherer dives.

Best time to Dive - November through to May.

Other activities - hunting, tramping, fishing, kayaking.

Package - from NZ$ 3,600.00 per person, includes 4 days diving, food, accommodation and helicopter transfers.