HMNZS Waikato Wreck

HMNZS Waikato Wreck

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Dive the wreck of the HMNZS Waikato in Ngunguru Bay

  • The 113m ex-naval frigate sits on a sandy sea floor in at roughly 30 metres
  • The wreck was purposely scuttled for diving in late 2000
  • Major storms have actually torn the wreck in half near the bridge of the ship, the ship now lies at roughly a 45 degree angle on its port side
  • The lean makes navigating the ship an interesting and unforgettable experience
  • Unlike the HMNZS Canterbury the Waikato was sunk with its cannon and one of her two propellers making for some awesome photo opportunities
  • Similarly, the open helicopter hangar toward the stern of the ship provides an excellent opportunity for photos and exploration
  • The wreck attracts large schools of Blue Maomao, Snapper, Kingfish among other species
  • The Waikato Wreck dive is better suited to more advanced divers that are comfortable at depth and have some experience behind them
  • However this dive can be used as part of an Advanced Course
  • Compliments the diving at the nearby Poor Knights
  • Typically leave from Tutukaka Marina
  • The trip is approximately 25 minutes from the marina