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Scuba diving in New Zealand

Two islands with completely disparate diving, New Zealand's waters offer a wealth of wrecks, fjords and kelp forests that will evoke an awe inspired reaction. New Zealand is truly a land of plenty above and below the water.
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Diving in New Zealand

Quick facts

New Zealand has some of the world's most varied diving, due to this the diving season is year round, allowing divers to experience both the sub-tropical waters of the North Island and the cooler nutrient rich waters of the South Island.

Whether you choose to dive in the Fiordland where cold water creates fantastic visibility exceeding 120ft (40m), and is home to black coral and colossal groupers, or decide to take a boat trip to the Poor Knights Islands where ethereal caves and arches act as a refuge to thousands of trevallies and macro spectacles such as nudibranchs and sea sponges, New Zealand has a little something for all.

New Zealand is also a haven for wreck lovers, with such wrecks as the famed Rainbow Warrior which sunk at a depth of 58ft (26m) acting as a paradise for anemones that are growing exponentially.

When to go

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Where to dive

  • North Island

    The cool inviting waters off New Zealand’s North Island beckons divers with its gently swaying kelp, colorful walls, bubbling volcanoes and dives to remember for a lifetime.

  • South Island
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What to see

New Zealand’s nutrient rich waters attract a variety of life, however the highlight for many divers are the spiny sea dragons which dwell in the spectacular Milford Sound. While New Zealand is a sanctuary for macro life such as nudibranchs, sea sponges and coral, there are also larger marine species that grace the waters. The warmer waters of the South Island attract vast schools of tropical and large pelagic fish that lure species such as bronze whaler and mako sharks, as well as tuna, kingfish and marlin.

There is nothing quite like diving through the serene kelp forests of the South Island's Aramoana Mole dive site, where you can glide through giant stems of kelp that wave in the current searching for the sun.

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