Scuba Diving in New Zealand

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Destination Overview

New Zealand is well known for its exotic beauty and offers spectacular scenery. There is plenty to explore – beautiful and wide mountain ranges, majestic coastlines, fiords, volcanoes as well as lavish rainforests.  If you’re looking for an adventurous trip or a peaceful, relaxing or a romantic trip New Zealand has something for everyone. The temperate climate plays a vital part in making New Zealand an ideal destination for holidays.

Hot Scuba Diving Spots in New Zealand


The Aramoana Mole is considered as one of the most easily reachable diving wrecks of the country. This place is situated just 30minutes driving distance from Dunedin situated on the south island. You will simply feel mesmerised as well as lost in the beautiful temperate marine life, kelp forest and lovely sponge gardens. The average depth of this place is measured as 7-20 meters and 23-65 feet.

How to get there: Aramoana is easily accessible by road from Dunedin.

The Poor Knight Islands

The Poor Knight Islands are well known as one of the finest diving destinations in New Zealand. The scuba diving here is said to be a once in a life time experience. The islands are spread over 200 hectares or 495 acres and lie about 50 kilometres north east of Whangarei. The southern island known as Aorangi has conical shape peak at 254 meters and 833 feet. The northern arch, blue maomao arch, Red Baron caves, Rikoriko caves are considered to be the best diving sites on the  Poor Knight Islands. Dive Depths on Poor Knight Islands range from 10-40 metres, or 33-130 feet.

How to get there: The Poor Knight Islands are easily accessible from the Tutukaka Coast with a chartered boat.

The Fiordland

The Fiordland is a World Heritage Listed area and said to be one the most beautiful sites in the world. Its natural beauty is not just limited to lakes, rivers and mountains. It is an exotic world which is easily visible in the vibrant colour of the water. It is famous for its remarkable underwater sights. Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are considered as the best diving in The Fiordland. Its average depth is measured as 15-25 meters and 49-82feet.

How to get there: You can reach this place easily by road, air as well as from water paths from Queens town.

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is just one hour away from the Bluff. The scattered diving sites around the island are considered as the most varied and richest in the New Zealand. The swaying, dense forest of giant kelp is well known as the home a wealth of marine creatures. The Marine Maid wreck is also a great attraction for divers off Stewart Island. Average dive depths come in between 10-20metres, or 33-66feet.

How to get there: Stewart Island is easily accessible from Bluff and Invercargill. You can take ferry or helicopter to reach there.

White island

White Island is said to be among the most adventurous scuba diving sites in New Zealand as a result of all the active volcanoes here. You can find some of the volcanoes steaming continuously and releasing ash clouds. This is a delight for people who love adventure. Along with the volcanoes you can also see a numerous variety of unusual sea creatures and fishes like packhorse crayfish, black coral, and groper bass. It also houses sea creatures such as bronze whales, mako sharks, blue sharks, king fish, tuna, marlin and many other. The volkner, liason’s reef, club rocks are considered as the best diving sites of White Island. White Island has an average dive depth of 20 metres, or 66 feet.

How to get there: Easily accessible from Whakatane by boat.

Best time to dive

You can enjoy diving thought out the year, though we’d definitely recommend choosing the warmer months of October-May, particularly if you’re diving in the Fiordlands!

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