If the thought of a New Zealand campervan hire strikes your fancy, think about this dynamic duo of a vacation combination: camping and diving! That’s right! Find the best diving in New Zealand. So, let’s dive in and learn more!
New Zealand’s North Island is known for its rugged beauty, and also for its diving opportunities. Poor Knights Island is located in Tutukaka, Northland. It has several dive spots but the most famous is the Maomao Arch. You’ll be diving with thousands of maomao and their friends.
If shipwreck diving is more your style, grab your New Zealand dive gear and head to the Tui Wreck, a vessel that was sunk exclusively for the purpose of providing an artificial wreath. This dive spot is also off Tutukaka in Northland. Another shipwreck, the Rainbow Warrior, is off the coast of the Bay of Islands. This Greenpeace ship was heading to Muroroa to protest French nuclear testing; it was sabotaged in Auckland Harbour and sunk in 1985. The Rainbow is now Cavallii Islands’ great artificial reef.
In Northland’s Whakatane is White Island, the most active volcano in New Zealand. Dive Liason’s Reef or the Volkner or Club Rocks. You’ll love the underwater vents in the Bay of Plenty.
Kapiti Island is another famous shore spot near Wellington. It’s worth a visit just to see the people who go there to spearfish. If you find yourself near Coromandel, pop into the Mercury Islands marine reserve near Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula. See octopus, sharks and hundreds of schools of fish.
If you’re in South Island near Dunedin, try diving in New Zealand’s Aramoana Mole, with its underwater forests. These waters are pretty cold, so brace yourself, but the great news is that seals are likely to join you on your dive.
South Island also has its own shipwreck in Port Gore, Marlborough Sounds. It is the Mikhail Lermontov Wreck and is the largest shipwreck dive in all Australasia.
If you’re looking to grab your dive gear and head for calm New Zealand waters, try South Island’s Fiordland National Park. The fiords shelter the water, which is clear and undisturbed with incredible visibility of the red and black coral and wildlife in these waters. Hot spots are Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
If you’re wanting whale and dolphin watching, Kaikoura is your destination for the best diving in New Zealand. Go diving with these mammals and explore the incredible limestone reefs and kelp forests of this underwater paradise.
There you have it! So many dive spots, so little time. There’s only one solution: extend the duration of your New Zealand campervan hire, grab your diving gear and hit the New Zealand beaches!