Canterbury Wreck and Reef Dives Bay of Islands

Canterbury Wreck and Reef Dive

The former Navy Frigate Canterbury F421 now rests in Deep Water Cove near Cape Brett. Upright and intact, she makes for an impressive sight in a great dive location! Divers hit the bow at about 20m and can swim through the bridge to the helicopter hanger at 27m. The upper deck, bridge and first floor levels are easily within recreational diving range.The lower levels are for more advanced divers with the stern resting at approximately 36m. Fish are already making themselves at home aboard the Canterbury, with resident schools in the bridge and around the funnel. This is just beginning as the location of this Frigate will ensure it quickly becomes a haven for dozens of fish species. We are an official dive operator for the Canterbury. Check it out now and watch the fish life grow!


  • HMNZS Canterbury Wreck

  • Reef Diving Bay of Islands

  • Explore Bay of Islands above and below

  • Snorkel Bay of Islands

  • 2 Dive day trip


Full Description

We meet at the shop at 07:45am and sort out paper work and gear. We then load our trolleys and stroll down to the Paihia Wharf (100yards from the shop). Here we load or 11.5m twin 300hp powered hard top aluminium boat.

After a short safety briefing, we cast off and head through the beautiful bay of islands. It is a 40min ride to deep water cove where the HMNZS Canterbury is resting bolt upright on a sandy seabed at 36m. The wreck is 114m long and is 14m deep at its shallowest and 36m at its deepest. There is a lot to see including, gunning mounts, telephones, bridge, helicopter hanger and missile room. Deep water cove has been a marine reserve for 10yrs now and this really shows with abundant fish life and a wreck covered in anemones, crayfish and eels.

After the wreck dive we have lunch on the boat and then head to a reef site for our second dive. We have 144 islands to choose from and therefore literally hundreds of individual dive sites to choose from. Our experienced skippers will pick the best site for the conditions on the day. After our second dive it is back to Paihia wharf to unload and log those dives. We are typically back around 03:30pm.


Reef Dive

Wreck and reef dive

Bay of Islands tour


Meeting Point

We meet at our dive shop on Williams rd from 7:45am. Pick ups available at the Russell wharf at 8:45am.

Additional Information

Please add gear hire and/or lunch if required. If you are an Open Water diver you will also need to select the Deep Adventure Dive option to dive the wreck.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Wreck and Reef Dive Trip

Choose this option if you are an Advanced or greater certified diver wanting a wreck and a reef dive
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Duration: 8 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 12

Deep Adventure Dive and a Reef Dive

Choose this option if you are an Open Water Diver wanting to dive the wreck and a reef dive. Counts towards the Padi Adv...Show More
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Duration: 8 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 12

2 Reef Dive Trip

Choose this option if you would like to do two reef dives on the day trip.
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Duration: 8 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 12

Discover Scuba Dive

Choose this option if you are not certified as a diver and would like to try diving.
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Duration: 8 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 12


Full gear hire

If you would like to hire a full set of dive gear please choose this option
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Tanks and weights hire

Choose this option if you just need tanks and weights
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We can provide a nice packed lunch. It's a sandwich, a slice, a chocolate bar and an apple
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