9 February 2018
The best time to dive in New Zealand is between January and June. The most famous diving area is the islands of the Poor Knights, currently number 30 in the Top Dives of the World list. They are a marine reserve covering caves, walls, arches and pinnacles. The Poor Knights benefit from a warm current making it a meeting place for sub-tropical and temperate fish. Here water temperatures can exceed 22 oC in summer.
The diving in the south of New Zealand is colder: 8 oC in winter up to 18 oC in summer. Water around the upper North island average 15 oC in winter and 21 oC in summer.
|Poor Knights||New Zealand > Poor Knights|
Rough waters and long boat ride, but some of the clearest water and largest fish/lobster life I had seen. Colder 7 mil farmer john+ jacket is recommended. Hope you go- unique as most NZ diving is.
Just as many fish as any tropical site in the world but they are all 10 times the size. Tropical and temperate currents combine to create one of the most unique sites in the world. Caves, rare species, pelagics: you name it.
The only place in 20 years of diving I have had 150ft of vis + saw killer whales.
|Milford Sound||New Zealand > Milford Sound|
Dives here are limited to one dive company operating on the sound - only 3 people dived the day I dived. Milford sound is probally the most unique place in the world I personally have dived. Due to the Fresh Water covering the Sea Water deeper living sea critters can be seen at open water depths due to the darker waters...cold but great Viz: Spiney Sea Dragons, Octipus, Black Coral, Snake Stars, Dwarf Scorpion Fish, plus much much more... "
Sam Seed, UK, 2007
The Tutukaka Coast offers access to the Poor Knights Islands for day trips and diving, superb beaches and coastal walkways and a range of restaurants, bars and cafes. Located 30 minutes NE of Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand and only 1.5 hours from the Bay of Islands, The Sands Motel is a great place to unwind after a tiring journey. When diving the Poor Knights this is the ideal location: only a 5-min drive to Tutukaka Marina and a great place for non-divers to relax during the day.
|Rainbow Warrior||New Zealand > Rainbow Warrior|
The famous wreck of the Greenpeace ship sunk by French secret service. Jewel ananomies, are stunning, and the wildlife abundant."
"Marine life cling to this piece of history."
"Incredible assortment of rocks and boulders resulting in swim through heaven with lots of marine life including large rays and often dolphins and sharks. decent vis."
Dan Harding, 2006
|Tairua Dive Fishinn||New Zealand > Tairua|
Trips to the Aldermen Islands.
Tairua Dive Fishinn
7 the esplanade, Tairua Coromandel Peninsula
E-mail : email@example.com
|Moby Dicks Dive Centre||New Zealand > Christchurch|
Trips to Fiordland, Marlborough Sounds, Poor Knights Islands, Kaikoura, Akaroa and Motunau.
Moby Dicks Dive Centre
35 Moorhouse Avenue
Tel: +64 (03) 377 6260
Fax: +64 (03) 377 6261
|Blenheim Dive Centre||New Zealand > Marlborough|
Diving Malborough Sounds.
Blenheim Dive Centre
9 Scott Street
Tel: +64 3 5780331
|New Zealand Sea Adventures||New Zealand > Porirua|
Diving Poor Knights, Lake Waikaremoana, Lake Taupo, Fiordland, Mikhail Lermontov and Marlborough Sounds.
New Zealand Sea Adventures
9 Marina View
New Zealand Tel: +04 233 8238
|Poor Knights Dive Centre||New Zealand > Tutukaka|
Diving at the Poor Knights.
Poor Knights Dive Centre
Freephone in New Zealand: 0800 288 882
Tel: + 64 9 4343 867
Fax: +64 9 4343 884
|Dive HQ Hibiscus||New Zealand > Aukland|
Visit Wellington reef, HMNZS Waikato, Poor Knights, Daniel's Reef, Goat Island, White Island and The Volkners.
Dive HQ Hibiscus
627 Whangaparaoa Road
P O Box 550
Tel: +64 9 424 8513
Fax: +64 9 424 8540
|Paihia Dive||New Zealand > Paihia|
Trips to the Rainbow Warrier and HMNZS Canterbury
PO Box 29
Bay of Islands
Free Phone 0800 107 551(24 Hours)
Ph: +64 9 402 7551
Fx: +64 9 402 7110
|A to Z Diving||New Zealand > Kaitaia|
Visit Rainbow Warrior and Doubtless Bay.
A to Z Diving
13-15 Whatuwhiwhi Rd
New Zealand 0483
Tel: +64 9 408 3336
Fax: +64 9 408 3336
- Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkelling New Zealand
- by Jenny and Tony Enderby.
- Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
- by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics.
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Available from UK and USA
- The Rough Guide to New Zealand
- by Paul Whitfield, 868 pages, 2010