Top New Zealand Wreck Dives

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New Zealand is well-known for its incredible marine life and diverse underwater topographies – together with wrecks! In case you are a wreck diving aficionado and planning to dive in New Zealand you've got some phenomenal wreck dives to select from. Listed here are a few of our favorites that you simply gained’t need to miss out on!

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HMNZS Canterbury

This Bay of Islands wreck was famously bought by a non-profit group for $1 (one New Zealand Greenback) for the only objective of scuba diving! The Canterbury now sits upright in a protected cove between 13 meters (40 ft) and 39 meters (125 ft), making it accessible by all.

The Canterbury was scuttled in 2007 and regardless of being a comparatively new addition to New Zealand’s assortment of wrecks, the construction is already displaying spectacular progress and has attracted a myriad of marine life that has readily moved in.

Highlights: there are extensive open hangars that may be explored, resident faculties of snapper and areas of kelp.

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Mikhail Lermontov

Sunk in Marlborough Sound in 1986, beneath mysterious circumstances, this Russian cruise liner is the most important wreck in Australasia and she or he now rests, absolutely intact, on her starboard aspect. Diving on the Mikhail Lermontov in Port Gore is a implausible expertise, with many areas accessible with out requiring penetration. For these with diving certifications which permit penetration diving, the Mikhail Lermontov offers a plethora of decks and corridors to discover.

Look out for the chandeliers alongside the best way!

Rainbow Warrior

Should you like wrecks with historical past then the Rainbow Warrior must be in your record. Rainbow Warrior was the Greenpeace flagship which was sabotaged and sunk by French Commandos in Auckland Harbour in 1985. It was later, in 1987, when she was refloated and moved north to the Bay of Islands, the place she now rests.

The hull and bowsprit of this 40 meter (131 ft) trawler are virtually totally coated in luminous anemones which make a shocking but, virtually surreal, first impression.

The objective of Greenpeace is said as “guarantee the power of the Earth to nurture life in all its variety” and it seems that the Rainbow Warrior is carrying this out underwater as she now offers habitat for an unimaginable array of New Zealand marine life species.

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The TUI started life because the Charles H Davis engaged on Hydrographic analysis for an American college. On the finish of a different life on the water she was gifted to Tutukaka Coast Promotions. After lengthy negotiations she was ready for her new position as a dive attraction and sunk off Tutukaka on the 20th of February 1999.

This 64 meter lengthy (210 ft) wreck lays damaged on her aspect at 32 metres (105 ft). The TUI is famend for giant faculties of golden snapper, and delightful Jason’s nudibranchs which might be discovered on the hydroid timber overlaying her hull.


This 113 meter (372 foot) upright wreck sits at 28 meters (92 ft) making her appropriate for superior degree divers.

Waikato was a Royal New Zealand Navy Leander Frigate which sank in 2000 on the Tutukaka Coast. The wreck options an intact gun turret and an enormous propeller. For many who are licensed to make penetration dives, there are a number of factors of entry.

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F69 Frigate, HMNZ Wellington

Commissioned in 1969 for the Navy as HMS Bacchante, this vessel joined the RNZN in 1982, the place she remained in service till her decommissioning in 1999. The Wellington was scuttled to create a man-made reef and she or he now rests within the marine reserve 400 meters (1,312 ft) off the coast of Island Bay. This common wreck dive sits in sections on the seafloor at roughly 21 meters (69 ft).

Since being scuttled in 2005, a various vary of native marine life have made the wreck their house and it’s commonplace to seek out quite a lot of critters in addition to small faculties of fish cruising by way of.

Aramoana, Dunedin

The identify Aramoana is Māori for “pathway of the ocean” and it’s unimaginable to speak about wreck diving in New Zealand with out mentioning this lovely spot. Nestled amongst the kelp forests lies a number of scuttled ship wrecks – and an abundance of spectacular marine life. Divers can discover the sponge encrusted wrecks while in search of seahorses, nudibranchs, eels, crayfish and carpet sharks. Diving right here is made distinctive by the seven gills sharks that sometimes swim by, curious cod, blue moki, wrasse and maybe probably the most particular of tourists – the New Zealand hooker sea lion. In the event you don’t need to hand over marine life sightings in favour of wrecks, in Aramoana you don’t have to compromise!

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Need to discover these unimaginable wrecks? Be ready and take your PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course prematurely with PADI’s online eLearning program.

Have already got your Wreck Diver Specialty? Join with a local PADI dive shop in New Zealand and begin planning your subsequent wreck journey!

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