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Located between three oceans, and with a long, often indented coastline of almost 18,000 kilometers, diving in New Zealand offers you an extraordinary paradise. Experience everything from sub-tropical to sub-antarctic diving. Coastal waters teem with colourful, fascinating sea life and the usually clear waters make for excellent viewing, especially in the prime months from February to June. You are never far from a great dive spot in New Zealand!
Many of New Zealand's prime diving spots are just offshore, offering easy access. One of the best spots is the crystal-clear waters of the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, whose amazing range of fish, including many tropical species, was considered by the late Jacques Cousteau to be one of the world's top five diving locations. Other popular areas are below (just to name a few!)
Great North Island spots:
The South Island offers:
Accessible shipwrecks on the New Zealand coast also provide spectacular diving opportunities.
Staying safe will help you make the most of your time diving around New Zealand's pristine coastline. As well as observing safety aspects of diving and snorkeling, the following offers some tips to protect and preserve the marine environment:
Although you don't necessarily need to be experienced to dive in New Zealand, some sites are only available to divers with the skills and experience to dive safely. Remember to always have you diver's certification card on hand and your dive log as evidence of your skills and experience. If you are not certified, many areas provide a fantastic range of diving schools.
Click here to view tourism operators for diving in New Zealand.