The Poor Knights Islands, north of Auckland, are the highlight of New Zealand diving. Listed by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 places to dive in the world and a marine reserve since 1981, the Poor Knights are a volcanically shaped subtropical reef system with a great diversity of marine life. Goat Island, located just north of Auckland is another popular New Zealand diving spot on the north island. A marine park since 1975, Goat Island consists of different habitats, including seagrass beds, reefs, cliffs and rocks, gathering a colorful assembly of marine life.
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Middle Arch is a popular dive site at the Poor Knights. Depths range from 10 to 16 meters in the archway, making it ideal for all level divers. Fish life is abundant and includes wrasses, rays and moray eels. The Northern Arch is a dive site for experienced divers, teeming with fish life like trevallies, pink maomao, and even an occasional kingfish.
Goat Island, with its mix of habitats, is an easy diving area and home to a huge population of marine life. Crayfish, blue cod, and snapper call these waters home and divers can enjoy a variety of underwater topography like sea grass beds, kelp forests, reefs and steep cliffs. An easy entrance from the shore can be found at Waterfall Reef, where the shoreline and a pinnacle make for an interesting topography. By boat, the dive from North Reef to Moki Haven is an outstanding dive. With sponge gardens, kelp forests and caves, this dive has an interesting topography.
The waters of Kaikoura are home to a wide range of marine creatures typical to temperate water habitats. Rocky reefs are full of sponges, anemones, starfish, crayfish and octopus. The isolated nature of dive site Bushett Shoals attracts a wealth of marine life, making one of Kaikoura’s best dive sites.
米尔福德峡湾, in the fiordlands of New Zealand’s south island, must be one of the most spectacular dive sites in terms of landscape. Due to the high mountains blocking the sunlight, many deep-water species have migrated to shallow waters here, offering divers a chance to see marine life normally only found at over 100 meters deep, like black coral and saucer sponges.
Dive! Kaioura is a 5 star PADI Dive Center, located at the base of the Kaikoura Peninsula. The dive sites are only a short boat-ride away and dive trips have two departures a day, giving divers the choice of a single or double tank dive. Kaikoura is easy to reach from Christchurch, taking about 2 hours by car, or as a stop on the Christchurch – Picton route by train or bus.
Descend Scuba Diving offers dive trips to the most exciting diving in Milford Sound and Queenstown. Their fiordland tours to dive Milford Sound start with pick-ups in Queensland, Te Anau and at Milford Lodge. The tour itself is spectacular, combining scenic driving, cruising the fiordlands and 2 dives. Other options with Descend are the River Drift dive and local Queensland dives. Queensland airport has great connections to other NZ cities, as well as international destinations.
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