HMNZS Canterbury (Wreck)

The HMNZS Canterbury was decommissioned at the end of March 2005 and was scuttled on 3 November 2007 at Deep Water Cove in the Bay of Islands, making for a great artificial reef wreck dive.

The exterior has an increasing amount of growth and marine life on it due to the Rahui (Marine protected area) which has been placed over Deep Water Cove.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 12 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Artificial Reef
  • Macro Spot
  • Kelp fish
  • Wreck Dive

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

A wonderful dive site for beginner divers and snorkelers. Named for the white rock it is made of, White Reef has made a substantial recovery within the protection of the Rahui, from Kina barren white rock to an almost fully covered healthy reef.

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Rocky kelpy reef in 10m of water on the inward side of the island leads out to 18-25m towards the seawards side as one circumnavigates the island. An underwater cavern is a main feature of this dive, approximately 5m wide at the entrance.

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A long finger extends from the land towards the sea. The finger starts at 12m and runs west down to 25m, where it drops further. Towards the deeper end of the finger there is a swim through. Further in towards the land there are big boulders and a small cavern.

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With the option to dive either the western or eastern side, Motuwheke Island is a rocky reef dive. Kelp covered boulders can be found on the western side where depths from 15-25m, with greater depths of 25m to 45m on the eastern side.

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The Sisters form a stand-alone rock off Cape Brett. The rock splits in two to form a narrow canyon at 10m. On the seaward side of the canyon, the rock drops off to 40m or more to boulders, while the inland side goes to 30m. There can be strong current at this dive site.

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Sonic Boom Cave

A short swim from Big Eyes Lair, Sonic Boom cave can be visited on the same dive. Divers will likely hear it before they see it. Swell crashing at the back of the cave creates a loud boom sound that can be heard from a distance. The cave is narrow, and entering is recommended in calmer conditions

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Big Eyes Lair

The main feature of this dive site is an impressive swim through, with the entrance at 24m, the swim through forms a natural tunnel 35m in length, opening at the northern end at 18m into kelpy boulders.

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Bowling Alley

Bowling Alley is a shallower dive site with depths from 5-25m. The site is full of kelp covered boulders which can hide Crayfish and Moray Eels. This is a very fishy dive that is suited to Open Water and Advanced divers.

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Bird Rock

Bird Rock is a large rock off Cape Brett. The walls of the rock slope down on all sides to 30-40m. In the winter, seals sometimes inhabit the rock and will jump into the water to swim with the divers. This site is recommended for more experienced divers as there can sometimes be strong currents.

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Key Hole

Key Hole is named for the shape of the rock seen above the dive site, which is shaped as though a key could slot into it. The dive site is covered by colourful boulders and walls, which sit in 5-20m of water.

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Recommended Training

Fish Identification

Learn how to identify fish with the SSI Fish Identification specialty program and enhance your dives! Discover all you need to identify common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific and Red Sea reef fish and earn your SSI Fish Identification specialty certification.

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Extended Range Wreck Diving

Do you dream of exploring ancient ships or famous world war wrecks? Become an SSI Extended Range Wreck Diver and learn how to go wreck penetration diving up to a maximum depth of 40 meters. Start this exciting SSI advanced wreck diving course online today!

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Dry Suit Diving

Become a dry suit diver and dive all year, anywhere in the world. Join the Dry Suit Diving specialty today and learn all the knowledge and skills you need to safely and comfortably dive in a dry suit.

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Perfect Buoyancy

The SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty is the best way to improve your body position for relaxed dives, lower your air consumption and increase your bottom times. Take control of your enjoyment. Start online now!

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Night Diving and Limited Visibility

Diving does not end when the sun goes down! Become a night diver and meet the incredible marine life that only comes out at night. Join the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty program.

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