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Canterbury Wreck & Reef Dive

Paihia Dive are the official dive operator for the Canterbury wreck and are the longest running PADI 5 Star Resort in the area. Their knowledgeable and friendly team know what makes for an outstanding dive in this stunning part of New Zealand.

Discover the amazing HMNZS Canterbury, a 114 meter steam driven warship that rests 38 meters below the surface at Deep Water Cove near Cape Brett. Upright and intact, the vessel provides for an outstanding dive attraction and artificial reef.

Divers can reach the bow at 18 meters then explore the helicopter hanger at 27 meters by swimming through the bridge.

The upper deck, bridge and first floor levels are comfortably within recreational diving range. The lower levels of the vessel at around 36 meters are suitable for more experienced divers.

Come and discover for yourself why this is listed as a world class diving location and take home the memories that will last you a lifetime.


  • $180pp Advanced Open Water Diver
  • $230pp Open Water Diver (Open Water Divers must add the extra $50 PADI Deep Adventure Course on the way to checkout - this is run in conjunction with the trip as a requirement to dive these wrecks because they sit at depths of over 18m/60ft. This will contribute to your Advanced Open Water Dive Certification.
  • Extras:

  • Include all equipment +$99pp
  • Include tanks & weights + $40pp

  • Important information: All dive trips subject to minimum numbers, and weather conditions on the day. In the event the activity is cancelled by Dive Paihia you will be offered a full refund.

    Available Bookings from August 10 to August 16

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    • Per Person$180.00

    • Per Person$180.00

    • Per Person$180.00

    • Per Person$180.00

    • Per Person$180.00

    • Per Person$180.00

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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    Meshelle from New Zealand wrote on 23 December 2019

    Wreck Dive

    Great staff and well organized

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    Namkyung from South Korea wrote on 23 February 2017

    It was so nice diving

    This is my first dive in New Zealand. I was worry about many things and different language. but, All staffs are friendly and kind. It was bit hard time to me because of seasick. but It was amazing dive experience.Thank you so much.

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    From Canterbury Wreck & Reef Dive

    Hi Namkyung, Thanks for coming diving. It can be a bit hard with language barriers, but the good thing is underwater we all speak the same language! :-)

    Emma Collins from New Zealand wrote on 31 January 2016

    Awesome wreck dive

    The HMSNZ Canterbury was an amazing experience. I am an adventure diver and my boyfriend is a dive instructor and we both loved the dive. The reef dive was also a great experience. Great day trip for all levels of experience.

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    Alana Hall from New Zealand wrote on 20 January 2016


    Best wreck Ive done in ages. great viz and a massive boat to explore!! The crew were all friendly and professional. Stu was a great guide. Second dive at key hole was a bit boring prob due to our DM guide not being too experienced in that particular dive site, but as long as I was wet it ddnt matter :-) Highly recommened these guys for any diving.

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    From Canterbury Wreck & Reef Dive

    Hi Alana, Thanks for coming out with us! We hope to see you back again soon for some more great diving. Craig and the team.

    Dana from New Zealand wrote on 30 August 2015

    Amazing again!

    We booked a trip with Paihia Dive for a second time and there are no regrets. Amazing people, we had so much fun. Wreck penetration was exciting and we really enjoyed our day. Thanks Craig and Stu for having us on your boat. Dana and Michal

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