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HMNZS Canterbury (Wreck)

The HMNZS Canterbury was decommissioned in March 2005 and scuttled on November 3, 2007, at Deep Water Cove in the Bay of Islands, creating an exceptional artificial reef wreck dive. This dive site is known for its abundant marine life and growth, thanks to the Marine protected area known as Rahui, which covers Deep Water Cove. Formerly operated by the New Zealand Navy from 1971 to 2005, the HMNZ Canterbury (F421) was intentionally sunk to help revive depleted fish stocks. Now, it attracts divers and freedivers from across New Zealand who come to explore the Canterbury wreck. With a depth ranging from 32m at the bow to 36m at the stern, and an upper deck sitting between 22m and 27m, this site is ideal for certified divers up to 30m. Many scuba divers choose to use 32% Enriched Air Nitrox for safe exploration of the wreck's upper areas. The exterior of the wreck is adorned with vibrant encrusting life, including Jewel Anemones that can be seen during special trips in the winter when they spawn. The Canterbury wreck also serves as a protective habitat for large schools of sweep, offering them refuge from predatory fish like kingfish and snapper. Meanwhile, divers can discover the presence of large crayfish in the wreck's crevices, and in the darker areas, schools of Big Eyes fish remain hidden. With visibility reaching up to 11m, a maximum depth of 28m, and recommended for advanced and expert divers, this captivating dive site in New Zealand's Bay of Islands is an underwater wonder waiting to be explored.

Last updated: 8 mo. ago - Oct 3, 2023

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Overview of HMNZS Canterbury (Wreck)

Depth:28m
Visibility: 0m - 11m
Experience level:
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