HMNZS Canterbury Wreck


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    Explore the HMNZS Canterbury, the impressive 113 metre ex-naval frigate that lies in Deep Water Cove

    • The ship sits perfectly upright with the propellers being in close to 40 metres
    • She was purposely sunk in 2007 as an artificial reef, with the entire bay designated as a 'no-take' zone in an attempt to encourage marine life on the wreck
    • As she is upright, she is fairly easy to navigate and the outer deck can be explored over two dives
    • The wreck is covered in life, despite only being sunk just over a decade ago
    • Schools of Maomao, Snapper, Kingfish are common
    • Not uncommon to see dolphins in Deep Water Cove
    • Like the Waikato Wreck, the Canterbury can be penetrated and explored from within, including a swim through from the bridge through to the hangar
    • As this is a deeper dive site, it is not recommended for Open Water Divers however this dive, when completed with an instructor, can be counted towards an Advanced Certification
    • Typically leaves from Opua Marina
    • The trip is approximately 45 minutes from Opua Marina

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