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New Zealand

With more than 30 marine reserves, there are great dive sites surrounding the island nation of New Zealand, but you couldn’t ask for a prettier place to dive than the Bay of Islands. Accessed from Paihia on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, most divers come to explore the areas two large wrecks, each with a unique history of conflict: the HMNZS Canterbury and the Rainbow Warrior. The Rainbow Warrior spent years plying the sea for Greenpeace, while the Canterbury patrolled as a ship of war for the New Zealand navy. Both have had their fierce aspects transformed by the sea into marine life havens. Both feature penetration possibilities and intact profiles for those with appropriate certifications including the PADI Wreck Diver course. Although worthy of multiple dives, the wrecks play tug of war with the surreal and dynamic world of the kelp forests that cover the reefs here. Another world-class dive area is the renowned Poor Knights islands (a marine reserve). Blue Mao Mao rub shoulders with short tailed stingrays. There’s even a good chance to see orcas hunting them in this thrilling temperate underwater wonderland. Above the water, the nearby town of Russell offer a quaint look at colonial New Zealand, and right across the bay from Russell are the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the Maori and English made peace to help settle New Zealand. Don’t miss an excursion on one of several Maori led local adventures.

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