Scuba diving Auckland.
Scuba diving Auckland, is around mostly around the Hauraki Gulf, because of the many sheltered islands and reefs.
The water visibility and quality of marine life improves as you go further out from the inner Waitemata Harbour, into the Hauraki Gulf.
The best diving locations tend to be on the outer islands, so you require a boat to get to them.
The best areas for seafood harvesting are:
Great Barrier Island, Mokohinau Islands, Hen and Chicken Islands, Little Barrier Island, and on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula.
The most common sea foods harvested are crayfish or scallops. Kina (sea urchin) are becoming increasingly popular and are plentiful in many rock areas, you can harvest them at low tide, with snorkel and mask .
Spearfishing is popular with a minority of divers, particularily free divers( With no breathing apparatus, other than a snorkel ). Many New Zealand divers dislike spearfishing, because they have witnessed the decline in fish numbers, and therefore the decline of enjoyment that you can get when a school of large fish such as Yellowtail Kingfish, suddenly start circling out of the blue.(Not to mention the adrenalin kick you can get when something large, suddenly appears in front of you).
Some consider scuba spearfishing too easy therefore not sporting when scuba diving Auckland.
Free-dive spearfishing, is more challenging and dangerous, because you have to hold your breath, and there’s a temptation to push your limits.
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Is the best place for a a shore scuba dive, or family snorkel. If you to just want to observe the marine life or take photos, without removing anything.
It is about an hours drive north, from the CBD near Leigh if you want to go scuba diving Auckland.
Some of New Zealand’s best diving is in Northland.
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.
Is a considered by many to be New Zealand’s best diving location and in the worlds best top 10.There are two main islands With clear water, many sheer cliffs, arches, caves, and tunnels to explore. You need to keep a close eye on your depth guage in some places, because the bottom can be at about 100 metres. Since having various forms of marine life protection from 1975 onwards, there is an increasing population of marine life, including subtropical species such as Lord Howe coralfish, spotted mosaic moray and black groper.Also some larger fish such as Snapper, Kingfish,and Stingray.If you go there, ask to go into Rikoriko Cave which is the world’s largest sea cave.
The Rainbow Warrior.
The wreck located amoung the Cavalli Islands, that are north of the Bay of Islands, is a well known and recommended dive site.
The Rainbow Warrior was a Green Peace ship that was sunk in Auckland Harbour on the evening of July 10th 1985 killing one photographer crew member. It was later discovered to have had bombs attached to the hull by French Secret Service Officers, two of whom were caught and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, but were released to the French due to political pressure, after serving less than 2 years.
The wreck sits on a sandy bottom at about 25 metres deep. The wreck has colourful encrusting marine life with a range of resident fish.
The nearest boat ramp is at Matauri Bay, where there is a campground with cabins for hire. As well as dive tank filling facilities.