Canterbury Wreck Day Trip

Wreck Diving with Dive Now Whangarei

We are lucky enough to have two of the three ex NZ Navy Leander Class frigates sunk for divers right on our door step. HMNZS Canterbury is in Deep Water Cove in the Bay of Islands and HMNZS Waikato is sunk off Ngunguru Bay. It is also a fantastic area to dive for pleasure to see how our coastline looked before it was overfished. But it is also a fantastic place if you like RUST. Sunk on 3rd November 2007, the HMNZS Canterbury has become the playground for many wreck divers.

Sitting on the sand at 32m at the bow and 36m at the stern, the shallowest part is 14m, it is a realitively deep wreck for recreational divers The deck and superstructure lie in 22m to 27m range, but the lower decks go all the way to the sand.

Dived on Nitrox 32% most divers qualified with Advanced Open Water can expect to enjoy about a 35+ minute dive. If you want to go longer and deeper, you must be technically trained.

Trip Requirements

  • if you haven't been in the water for over 12 months or haven't dived in cold water and used a 7mm suit, then book onto a refresher in our pool before the trip.  This will ensure you are comfortable in the water before we go on the trip.
  • Bring along a copy of your dive certification
  • If you would like to penetrate the Wreck then you will need an appropriate Wreck qualification

Transportation is not provided by Dive Now Whangarei, but we do our best to help organise car pooling to the dive sites.


Your trip deposit or full payment secures your space. Any outstanding balances are due a week before departure.

If you cancel your space on a trip within 7 days or less of departure you will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Generally trip payments once made are non-refundable, but most trips have a waiting list and we will do our best to find someone to take your space in the event you need to pull out. You can help us, and improve your chance of a refund, by finding your own replacement.

If a trip is cancelled by us due to weather or for safety reasons, a full refund or store credit will be given. Trip pricing does not include transport. You will need to make your own way to the vessel departure point.