Diving New Zealand
Sub-tropical reefs, clear water springs, and wrecks are the spectacular foundation on hundreds of dive sites along the coastline and in the numerous lakes and rivers. New Zealand is a diver’s paradise with coastal waters teeming with colorful, fascinating sea life and clear waters that make for excellent diving. Many of New Zealand’s prime diving spots are just offshore, offering easy access. The quality of marine life is extremely diverse – many invertebrates, especially nudibranches and a variety of fish, including tuna, marlin, snapper, trevally, kahawai, and shark. There are also many marine mammals such as dolphins, seals, and whales.
One of the most popular locations for diving is the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve. Other popular areas are the sheltered Bay of Islands, four hours north of Auckland, the South Island, the dramatic fjords of Fjordland, Stewart Island with its breathtaking kelp forests and huge paua (abalone), White Island in the Bay of Plenty, and the Wellington area.
Best time to dive
During the summer months (November to March) when the water is the warmest.
Visibility varies from 10 to 100 feet depending on swell and tidal currents.
Water temperature ranges between middle winter lows of 50 F to 68 F in the middle of summer.
Weather and climate
New Zealand’s seasons are opposite those in the Northern Hemisphere: July is the coldest month and January the warmest. Overall, the climate is fairly mild with few extremes of temperatures. The average temperature ranges from 60 F in the upper regions of the North Island to 50 F near the bottom of the South Island.
Maori and English
U.S. passport holders must have a passport valid for three months from date of departure from New Zealand. No visa is required for stays of up to three months. A return ticket and documents for onward destinations, as well as proof of sufficient funds, are necessary. Citizens from other countries need a passport but may not need a visa for short stays, but you should check the requirements before traveling.
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Electrical current is 240/250 volts AC, 50 Hz. Three-pin plugs are used but are different to those in most other countries, so an adapter is normally required.
New Zealand is in the South Pacific Ocean 994 miles southeast of Australia. It stretches 994 miles from north to south and consists of two large islands and a number of smaller islands. The North Island and the South Island are the two major landmasses; the next largest is Stewart Island, which lies directly beneath the South Island.
New Zealand is a country of rare beauty with glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, geysers, and boiling mud. There are also abundant forest reserves, long, deserted beaches, and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores.
Get a map of New Zealand from WorldAtlas.com.