Local Dive Sites

Explore our interactive map of dive sites in the lower South Island. Download info sheets and get useful advice and tips!


Otago Harbour | Peninsula | North Coast | South Coast | Southland/Fiordland  

Nugget Point    

Nugget Point

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 40m

 

Type: Boat

Nugget Point is a prominent peninsular on Otago’s south coast. Off the point are a number of small rocky islets from where the name originates. There are a variety of diving areas including the islets, the north and south faces of the headland and of ...

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White Island    

White Island

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 25m

 

Type: Boat

Island and reef which extends towards Green Island. Prolific sea life. Depth range to 25 metres, visibility 5 - 15 metres, suitable for novice and beyond. Deep divers a minimum of 5 deep cold water dives. Safety sausage a must. ... ...

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Green Island    

Green Island

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 30m

 

Type: Boat, Wall

Boat, wall, surge, currents, novice to advanced. Vis 8 – 25m The local colony of Hoiho (yellow eyed penguins), enjoy their protected status and can often be seen by divers playing below the surface. The island drops to 18m on the inside and 30m on t ...

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Centre Reef

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 18m

 

Type: Boat

Foul ground rocky reef structure. Good sea life. Depth range 15 – 18 metres, visibility 2 – 10 metres. Suitable for advanced. ... ...

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Bruce Rocks    

Bruce Rocks

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 18m

 

Type: Boat

Rocky reef structure up to 1nm offshore. Prolific sea life. Depth range from 9 – 18 metres, visibility 2 – 10 metres. Suitable for novice. ... ...

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Rounhouse Reef    

Roundhouse Reef

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 30m

 

Type: Boat

A massive reef, free descent, could be a good idea to have an anchor line as reference. Often a large current rips through this site. Your marks are a line seaward from the very straight road which runs up the hill by the Roundhouse. Prolific sea li ...

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North Taieri Reef    

North Taieri Reef

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 18m

 

Type: Boat

Volcanic rocky reef. Good sea life. Visibility 5 – 10 metres. Suitable for novice and beyond. Safety sausage a must. ... ...

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Taieri Reef    

Taieri Reef

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 16m

 

Type: Boat

Dive the ESE shoreline. Rocky and sand bottom composition. Prolific sea life. Visibility 2 – 10 metres. Suitable for novice and beyond. ... ...

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Akatore Reef    

Akatore Reef

South Coast

 

Max Depth: 40m

 

Type: Boat

Akatore reef is located approximately 12 kilometres south east from Taieri Mouth and consists of three pinnacles, where large flat sided rocks rise to 18 metres from 40 metres. There is a rocky reef area at around 28 – 30 metres with an abundance of ...

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Stewart Island    

Stewart Island

Southland

 

Type: Shore, Boat, Wreck, Wall

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 Isla ...

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