Stewart Island


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Stewart Island

Level:  Advanced
Type: Shore, Boat, Wreck, Wall


Boat and shore, rocky reefs, novice to advanced. Vis 10 – 30m Separated from the South Island by Foveaux Strait, Stewart Island covers an area of 1683 square hectares. It has one of the richest seaweed floras in New Zealand due to its many habitats and the influence of its two major ocean currents. Stewart Island is a divers paradise with very clear water and a sheltered bay to be explored in all weather conditions. Many different species of seahorse can be easily found entwined around seaweed or gracefully fanning their way through the water. The marine life is spectacular and varied: huge schools of beautiful pink butterfly perch, bold and friendly leather jackets, huge octopuses and many Southern pigfish. Carpets of magnificently coloured jewel anemones – pinks, purples, reds, yellows. A great place for hunting and gathering seafood: scallops, oysters, crayfish abound and can supply hungry divers with a good meal.


Shore Diving is very accessible, Boat diving is plentiful.


Large Swells can make boat diving tricky. Multiple species of Sharks are known to be in the area including Great Whites.

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A one hour Passenger ferry ride from Bluff to Stewart Island is all it takes.

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