more than 20,000 miles of coastline, New Zealand offs
hundreds of world class dive sites. The country abounds
with sub-tropical reefs, wrecks, clear water springs,
and alpine fiords. And New Zealand waters are among
the few virgin wonders left in diving today. The wealth
and density of marine life is exhilarating.
Lying exactly halfway between the equator and the South
Pole, the water and weather in New Zealand are both
temperate - benign even. Below, there's a wild mixture
of marine life and ecosystems. Coral reef crinoids exist
with forests of kelp, and volcanic rock formations are
covered with hard corals and seafans.
Many of New Zealand's best diving locations are just
offshore. Of those, one of the most unique spots is
the crystal-clear waters of the Poor Knights Islands
Marine Reserve. With its incredible range of fish, including
many tropical species, it was considered by the late
Jacques Cousteau to be one of the world's top diving
Among the other great diving areas are the sheltered
Bay of Islands, the dramatic fiords of Fiordland, and
Stewart Island with its breathtaking kelp forests and
huge paua (abalone). Many easily accessible wrecks off
the New Zealand coast also provide special diving opportunities,
as do the great variety of fresh water dives.