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The warm currents allow for a unique blend of subtropical and temperate marine life found in the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and at White Island Volcano.

Underwater highlights include the famous Rainbow Warrior wreck, controversially bombed, causing it to sink in 1985; the Poor Knights Marine Reserve, a subtropical reef system where fish abound, a year round destination; White Island Volcano, with its bubbling fissures and pinnacles and the Twin Wrecks of HMNZS Tui Waikato scuttled in 2000, lying at a depth of 30 metres, just north of Tutukaka Heads.

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Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

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

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

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