New Zealand Diving & Snorkeling at its Best

New Zealand is a scuba diver’s dream come true. The coastlines, marine reserves and offshore islands offer a wealth of incredible dive sites. The North and South Islands offer a combined coastline of 8700 miles (14 000 km).

The variety of diving is amazing. You can dive wrecks, sub-tropical reefs, caves, drop-offs and kelp forests. You can swim alongside dolphins and schools of fish. The opportunities are endless.

With diving at all depths and visibility that can reach in excess of 120 feet (40 meters), there is year round diving to suit all levels of divers. From a beginner who wants lessons and certifications to an experienced scuba diver, there are options for everyone in the waters of New Zealand.

Poor Knights Islands Reserve

was regarded by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top five diving destinations in the world. Diver magazine has labeled it as the world’s best subtropical dive location. Explore underwater volcanoes, cliffs and the world’s largest sea cave while you admire 125 species of fish as well as colorful displays of coral, sponges and kelp forests.

Scuba Diving in New Zealand Poor Knights Islands Reserve

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Rainbow Warrior

, a Greenpeace vessel, sank at the Cavalli Islands. This artificial reef is home to an abundance of sea life. The wreck is reportedly disintegrating, so the time to experience this dive site is now. Plunge 27 meters below the surface to reach this wreck – preferably at night if you want to experience the full beauty of the jewel anemones.

Scuba Diving in New Zealand Rainbow Warrior

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The

Riwaka Caverns

are a freshwater network of underground caves and tunnels. The sheer enormity of the caverns and boulders is what strikes divers the most, as well as the magnificence of the caves that you can view once you surface inside.

White Island

is an active volcano that is surrounded by teeming marine life. Discover reefs, pinnacles, drop-offs, boulders, archways and plateaus in clear water that can have up to 50 meter visibility. Catch sightings of stingrays, kingfish, moray eels, blue maomao and much more.

Scuba Diving in New Zealand White Island

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The

HMNZS Wellington (F69)

was scuttled after 18 years in the New Zealand navy. Currents have broken the wreck into three sections, all of which are home to a plethora of fish. The wreck is located at a depth of approximately 24 meters with 8 meter visibility.

Scuba Diving in New Zealand HMNZS Wellington

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.

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