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Dive Locations

2 recommended locations:

North Island

The warm currents around New Zealand’s North Island allow for a unique blend of subtropical and temperate marine life. Highlights include the famous Rainbow Warrior wreck and the caves, arches and tunnels of the Poor Knights Marine Reserve.

  • Ideal for viewing:
  • Excellent for: Technical diving

South Island

The cool climes of New Zealand’s South Island are renowned for fiords, glaciers and plenty of adventure. A wealth of wildlife, from seabirds to whales, can be found at Kaikoura, whereas divers may head for the Mikhael Lermontov, a colossal wreck known as the Red Giant.

  • Ideal for viewing:
  • Excellent for: Whales

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

The stunning landscapes of New Zealand provide plenty of excitement and adventure. Resort-based diving can have technical diving, whale watching, or land-excursions easily added to give you the best experience.
3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Technical Dive Tour

Certified technical divers need look no further for an adventure around New Zealand. This self-drive itinerary includes dives at Tutukaka, Bay of Islands and Marlborough Sounds, with deep walls, wrecks and plenty of large pelagics.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Duration exc. flights: 14 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Self Drive Adventure & Diving

A two week diving and adventure itinerary covering both the north and south Islands and New Zealand’s best dive sites, including Poor Knights, the Rainbow Warrior and the wreck of the HMNZS Canterbury.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

North Island and Central Discoverer

A flexible itinerary with plenty of adventure above and below the water. Choose from guided or self-drive options, and experience magnificent wrecks, soft corals, exhilarating drift dives, kayaking and mountain biking.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Visit in New Zealand’s summer for the best weather.


  • Winter

    May to Oct: Winter brings cooler weather and waters
  • Summer

    Nov to Apr: Summer brings warmer waters and the best diving conditions

Wildlife events

  • Mar to Mar: Stingray breeding season