Get yourself away for a 4 day dive trip this June to NZ’s iconic Bay of Islands – HMNZS Canterbury. Enjoy real down to earth New Zealand hospitality and diving at it’s best. Nearby and often visited during the trip are the Rainbow Warrior Shipwreck and even a visit to the Poor Knights islands can sometimes be on the cards…?
Any and every diver should experience diving the world-class HMNZS F421 Canterbury Wreck, a purpose sunk shipwreck in Deep Water Cove. In addition to becoming an artificial reef enhancing biodiversity, the wreck has many openings and had much work done before scuttling to allow scuba divers to explore the fringes safely and or Wreck Specialty divers can explore further with relative ease. With Depths of up to 38m there’s something for divers of all levels here.
Brief history of the Canterbury:
HMNZS Canterbury (F421) was one of two broad beam Leander-class frigates operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy(RNZN) from 1971 to 2005. She was built in Scotland and launched in 1970. Commissioned in 1971, Canterbury saw operational service in much of Australasia and other regions like the Persian Gulf. She undertook operations such as supporting UN sanctions against Iraq and peace-keeping in East Timor. With her sister ship HMNZS Waikato she relieved the Royal Navy frigate HMS Amazon in the Indian Ocean during the Falklands War. Early in HMNZS Canterbury’s career she relieved the frigate HMNZS Otago at Moruroa during anti-nuclear protests, in 1973, F 421 being the most effectively insulated frigate, from nuclear fallout, with the Improved Broad Beam Leander steam plant, for e.g., being remote controlled and capable of unmanned operation and therefore the ship a more effective sealed citadel for operations in areas of nuclear explosions.
Canterbury was decommissioned in 2005. In 2007 she was scuttled in the Bay of Islands to provide a dive wreck. She lies in 38 metres (125 ft) of water.Reference: Whikipedia
Enjoy comfortable accommodation and meals while catching up in the evenings. There’s always plenty to keep you inspired as your hosts have an intimate knowledge of the Bay of Islands and it’s many dive sites. A popular destination for many and best enjoyed with your local Dive Crew at NZ Sea Adventures.
When: 8th to 11th of June 2018 Where: Northland, Bay of Islands, NZ
Cost: $738 (Dorm, Bed, Meals, Boat and Single Tank fills)