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Canterbury Wreck and Reef Dive


Diving the wreck of HMNZS Canterbury


The trip starts at the shop in Paihia; we organize your equipment and load the boat to head out to Deep water Cove at the entrance to the Bay of Islands.  113m long, she lies in one of the most stunning and sheltered locations in the bay. Accessible almost everyday, a trip to deepwater cove will take you through the heart of the Bay of Islands.

New Zealand’s newest wreck has only been submerged for five years, but already large kingfish and other marine life call this wreck home. Dive sites at deepwater cove, and Cape Brett cater to all levels with a variety of depth and attractions.

Reporting Time: Please report at 07:45am at the Paihia Dive Store on Williams Road in the centre of Paihia.


Duration: We expect to be back in Paihia before 4pm


Please Bring: certification card, appropriate boat/dive clothing, jacket, sunscreen, glasses, hat plus your swimmers and towel.


Lunch: We offer a packed lunch option for $10 (meat or vegetarian) or bring your own. Please contact us the day prior if ordering a packed lunch.


Note: Please phone a day prior to confirm your diving -  Paihia Dive Free Phone 0800107551


1 day

    • 2 dive day trip including full dive gear.
  • Day 1 : Canterbury Dive Day
    We start the dive day at 7:45am at our dive shop on Williams rd. We organize equipment and paper work, then load the boat on Paihia wharf for a 8:30am departure. If you are staying in Russell we are happy to pick you up from the wharf in Russell at 8:45am. Just phone the shop to arrange equipment. On the way out to the dive site we cruise through the islands and often see Dolphins, Penguins, Seals and marine bird life. It takes approximately 30 minutes on Sentinel to get to Deep Water Cove, on the way out we can also organize gear and brief for the wreck dive. First up is normally the wreck dive, we then cruise to a reef area for some lunch/snorkelling and if we have any reef divers on board they do their first dive. After lunch we then head to one of the many great reef dive sites in the Bay of Islands. This is normally a 18m or less dive exploring caves, arches, and swim throughs. Deep Water Cove is a marine reserve, so the marine life in this area is incredible. Once all the diving is done we cruise back though the islands to Paihia, arriving at the wharf around 3:30pm. Arrival at Paihia can vary depending on how busy the boat is and if customers require to be back for a bus. If you are catching a bus in the afternoon, please let us know!
    Meals :None

  • Trips start at 7:45am each day and return at about 3:30pm

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    Lunch is available for $12.00. Open Water divers are chareg $50.00 extra to dive the wreck as a Deep Adventure Dive.



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Organised by Paihia Dive

Activity ID: W-9611

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