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Beginner’s Guide to Diving in New Zealand
DivingVolcano - 5/22/2017 5:29 AM
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Beginner’s Guide to Diving in New ZealandDo you love diving? It doesn’t matter whether it’s for fun and adventure or sport purposes. With this New Zealand guide, you will realise that this is the place to be. The place is a diving paradise! The numerous offshore islands, the easily accessed coastlines and marine reserves provide you with vast and diverse options to explore underwater.

In New Zealand, you can dive drop offs and sub-tropical reefs in clean, clear waters. You can also swim in school fish, alongside dolphins and you can enjoy the amazing sights from the vast kelp forests. Besides just the adventure, you can learn various skills for sports purposes. The country has recorded excellent performances at several editions of the Olympic Games.

Riwaka Caverns
These are a large underground string of caves and tunnels full of fresh water located at the foot of the Takaka Hill. The spot is just near Nelson and will be arrived at after an incredible drive through some major hop and apple producing locations. Also, you will be pleasantly distracted by beautiful crafts and potteries along the way.

It can be cold and dark at first, but once you have surfaced inside, you will be amazed by the sight of crayfish and the waterfall of pink limestone. There are several dive clubs within the area, and also dive shops can assist in setting up the required components for your dive.

Poor Knights Island
poor knights island
This spot has been mentioned by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the entire world. Located off the east coast of the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand, the chain consists of two huge islands with a group of smaller islets between the two.

Once you are underwater, you will be stunned by the various displays of marine colours. You will witness sponges mingle with seaweeds and reef fish. These islands also include the world’s largest cave.

White Island
Ever dreamt or even imagine of diving on an active volcano? Well, New Zealand offers you such an experience. White Island is the only active marine volcano you will find in New Zealand. Located about 50km off the coast of Whakatane, the spot is surrounded by water filled with marine life and energy. You will witness kingfish, blue maomao, and even crayfish.

Rainbow Warrior
This spot is located in New Zealand off the coast of the Bay of Islands. It was one of New Zealand’s first wreck dives. The Rainbow Warrior was a Greenpeace ship that was sabotaged in 1985 on its way to protest France’s nuclear testing in Moruroa. At an ultimate depth of 27m, the Rainbow Warrior is currently a habitat for a wide variety of marine life and is a world-renowned site for diving.

Besides just diving, you will learn more history on how the site came by and grew.

HMNZS Wellington
This is another wreck in the New Zealand that has grown to be one of the most diving sites renowned around the world. Moreover, the wreck is very accessible and is home many various species of marine life.

The above diving spots are definitely places to be, try one or try all and you can be assured of the most incredible experience.