Campervan Travel: A Trip to New Zealand’s Best Scuba Diving Areas

Perhaps you have already tried swimming, fishing and boating at the sea. But have you tried a more exciting activity such as scuba diving? New Zealand’s seas are not only beautiful above the water, but you’ll be also amazed on what you would see underneath which is why you have to do scuba diving. The best way to explore New Zealand’s best scuba diving regions is via campervan. A campervan is big enough to accommodate all your personal scuba diving gears without letting comfort escape. Drive towards the shoreline at your own pace and feast your eyes with the scenic view. Here are some of New Zealand’s best scuba diving areas.

new_zealand-poor_knightsPoor Knights Islands

Poor Knights Islands is one of the most sought diving areas in New Zealand. It is near the region of Whangarei. Drive your campervan towards the world’s best subtropical dive as named by the Diver magazine. The best time to dive in Poor Knights Islands is during the winter season. Though it’s definitely cold, you will have better visibility of the marine life underneath such as colorful species of fish, stingrays, turtles, humpbacks, sponges, anemones, colorful seaweeds and more. If you visit the Poor Knights Islands during the summer season, you may have a decreased visibility because of the planktons.

Riwaka Caverns

Even if you are a skilled diver or not, Riwaka Caverns welcomes all types of divers. To start diving in the Riwaka Caverns, you have to dive underwater and swim through a beautiful line of caverns. You may be a bit cold and not see any light during your first swim, but once you re your destination inside, you could start the real scuba diving. Riwaka Caverns is known for its wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations and the very peculiar waterfall.

wellingtonHMNZS Wellington

It is one of the most accessible diving areas in New Zealand. Drive your campervan towards the Wellington coast and you would reach your destination. The Wellington wreck is a popular diving area because it has turned into a living reef which serves as a home to several species of fish. It is safe to dive within the Wellington wreck for about 8 metres, but going deeper is not advised because of decreased visibility.

Rainbow Warrior

rainbow warriorThe Rainbow Warrior was originally a boat which was sunk during the 1980s due to the bombing of the Auckland harbor. But today, it serves as a wonderful relic of the past and it is now an artificial reef which serves as a home to several kinds of marine life. The wreck is covered with flashy jewel anemones, and you would be able to see golden snappers, moray eels, crayfish, mackerels, kingfish and etc. It is advised to visit the wreck from the months of February till June for better visibility and weaker currents.

If scuba diving is your thing, then New Zealand is the right place for you to go. There are other scuba diving sites but visit these ones first. We’re sure that you will love them. Rent a campervan for you to visit every location.

Jack Kent

About Jack Kent

Jack Kent loves the outdoors and nothing is more enjoyable than driving his Britz campervan around the North and South islands of New Zealand. When Jack isn't driving his motorhome around, he is drinking beers with his mates, mountain biking through country New Zealand and blogging about what New Zealand has to offer.

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