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  

Doubtful Sound    

Doubtful Sound

Fiordland

 

Type: Boat, Wall

Well worth the effort to get there, Doubtful Sound provides plentiful marine life. The Gut contains NZ's smallest marine reserve Te Awaatu Channel and allows divers to examine Sea Pens. The invertebrate life is excellent with bright yellow zooanthids ...

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Milford Sound    

Milford Sound

Fiordland

Type: Boat, Wall

The glorious Fiords are a special and exciting place indeed. Set in amongst steep walls and spectacular waterfalls, Milford is a must for travellers. Mitre Peak dominates the skyline providing a magnificent backdrop for your diving adventures. The No ...

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Hydra Rock    

Hydra Rock

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 25m

 

Type: Boat, Wall

In the summer time expect copious amounts of sea life including Blue Moki, Trumpeter, Tarakihi and Blue Cod, but expect strong northerly current. Nice walls with colourful macro life, great for photographers. Depth range from 5 – 25 metres, visibilit ...

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Puddingstone Rock    

Puddingstone Rock

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 15m

 

Type: Boat

Prolific sea life and caves. Depth range to 15 metres, visibility 5 - 15 metres, suitable for novice. Safety sausage a must. ...

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Harakek Point    

Harakeke Point

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 30m

 

Type: Boat

Also under the shadow of the cliff but more of a drop-off. Prolific sea life. Depth range to 30 metres, visibility 5 – 30 metres, suitable for advanced with a minimum of 5 deep cold water dives. Safety sausage a must. ... ...

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The Lighthouse    

The Lighthouse

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 25m

 

Type: Boat

Also called Matakitaki Point, Visibility 10 – 25 metres, suitable for advanced with a minimum of 5 deep cold water dives. Foul ground in the bay. Good sea life. Numerous underwater caves in the drop-offs from the adjacent cliffs. Safety sausage a mus ...

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Lovers Leap    

Lover's Leap

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 25m

 

Type: Boat

Under the shadow of the cliff face which extends for some distance along this side of the Otago Peninsula are many sloping dive sites. Prolific fish life and many caves. Depth range to 25 metres, visibility 5 – 25 metres, suitable for advanced with a ...

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Tow Rock    

Tow Rock

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 40m

 

Type: Boat

Pinnacle rising to the surface 1.2 km offshore. Expect strong northward current. Prolific sea life. Depth range to 45 metres, visibility 5 – 30 metres, suitable for advanced with a minimum of 5 deep cold water dives. Safety sausage a must. ... ...

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Gull Rocks    

Gull Rock

Otago Peninsula

 

Max Depth: 25m

 

Type: Boat

Small and large pinnacles rising to the surface 300 metres offshore. Prolific sea life and caves. Depth range to 25 meters, visibility 5 – 25 metres, suitable for advanced with a minimum of 5 deep cold water dives. Safety sausage a must. ... ...

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