Knights Marine Reserve. 21 km out of Tutukaka lie the world
renowned Poor Knights Islands. These islands are excellent
for beginner and pro alike. They are a photographers dream
with very clear water and a huge variety of marine life. The
topography ranges from 5-10 meter areas to 100m drop-offs
and plenty of caves for all.
and Chickens Group. A group of seven islands lying between
11-18km of Whangarei Heads. Dolphins are often sighted. Fish
life is varied with schoolfish, snapper, kingfish, crayfish,
prolific kelp beds. V 7-30 meters. All islands good photography.
Islands. 29km to the east of the Hen and Chickens group. Rated
as one of NZ's best dive spots by many people. Fish life abound
in wonderful colours with cavern diving and large areas never
dived before. Groper Island pinnacles with deep drop-offs,
wall dives. V 15-30+m. Very good photography.
Island Marine Reserve. Just over an hours drive north of Auckland
a very popular dive and snorkeling spot. You can literally
walk off the beach into NZ's oldest marine reserve. Most of
the diving is in 3-10 meters which makes it popular with new
Barrier Island 22km out boasts more than 24km of diveable
coast and is generally considered good crayfish diving. During
the season scallops are plentiful and when the stingrays are
schooling there is plenty of excitement. Visibility between
6-20m. Boulder type diving with kelp bed zones. Whale sightings
prior to December. Horn Rock weather dependent pinnacle just
over 6km SE of Little Barrier. Big Fish
Barrier Island is 75 km northeast of Auckland. The diving
is varied ranging from shallow scallop dives to pin and wall
dives. There are the wrecks of the Wairarapa and Wiltshire
here which are worth a nose around. The size of the island
means good diving no matter what the weather.
island between Gt Barrier and the mainland. A small island
most notable for the post world war 2 ammo dump. While most
of the 4.5 inch shells have already gone there are still some
to be found. We do not recommend diving for live ammunition,
it can be dangerous.