Northland Dive
Northland Dive
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New Zealand - Bay of Islands only purpose built Dive lodge, meals, gear hire, tank fills including Nitrox & world-class diving all in one beautiful location.Explore the Canterbury Wreck in a sheltered bay, the 113m long Canterbury Wreck rests bolt upright and fully intact. Guided through the wreck with excellent visibility and plenty to see at shallow depths, makes this one of the most accessible wrecks in New Zealand for inexperienced divers. A challenge also awaits for very qualified and experienced diver planning to explore the engine and boiler rooms.Your hosts Shane & Julia instigated the sinking of the former HMNZS Canterbury along with help from friends and family. Our dream became reality on November 3rd 2007.Dive world-class sites Pinnacles, arches, caves, walls, boulders, kelp forests, sponge gardens, abundant schooling fish, vibrantly coloured invertebrates and possible sightings of large pelagic fish. Relax in Northland Dives lodge catering specifically for divers. Our large lounge areas with wood fires in winter are the best place to relax with a drink after your day of diving and before being served up a delicious and plentiful home-cooked meal.
Whangaruru, New Zealand
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Pineapple1515
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Just finished a live-aboard on Sun Spy to the Poor Knights, with day trips to the Rainbow Warrior and Canterbury Wrecks.
Extremely professional dive operation complemented by friendly and welcoming hosts, Shane and Julia.
I'll be back!
Written 30 August 2023
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Keegan
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Drove up from Wellington with a party of 6 to experience diving with Northland Dive. The on-site lodging is a slice of heaven and the diving in the area was mind-blowing. The hospitality we received from Julia and Shane was amazing. They also had extensive knowledge of the local species, and the best dive spots. Can't get over how cool their boats were. We left feeling like a part of their family.
Written 25 May 2023
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Such a great bunch Keegan, it was a pleasure having you all here at Northland Dive, Julia
Written 12 July 2023
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Cole E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Amazing diving, great food and super friendly hosts. Really cool spot I would highly recommend! I’ll definitely be returning :)
Written 24 May 2023
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We'd love to see you again Cole and hopefully we can show you more fantastic dive sites
Written 12 July 2023
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Andrew H
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
What a trip, you could not ask for a more professional, safe and experienced operator. I did the 3 day liveonboard on Sun Spy at the Poor Knights and a day on the former HMNZS Canterbury.
Sun Spy is the perfect size for getting around the Poor Knights with a spacious dive deck and lift to get you out of the water!!! The food excellent, like the experienced friendly crew. These guys are super knowledgeable without being controlling so we all had a great time. They offer Nitrox via a very well maintained compressor so zero gas issues. Great for technical and regular divers.
The Ribs they use as a day boats to get to the Canterbury are huge and packing some serious grunt, making trip out and back a pleasure. Lunch on shore and back to the water for a second dive made this a fabulous day on and under the water.

The generous team at Northland Dive easily get a 5 star in my book. You leave feeling like one of the family and I cannot wait to get back there.
Written 24 January 2023
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Hi Andrew, Thank you for the kind words, we're incredibly lucky to have such fantastic diving right on our back doorstep and our staff AMAZING love what they do! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Julia & Shane
Written 7 March 2023
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RichardHK6181TQ
Wellington, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Fantastic! Amazing couple of days on the liveaboard diving the Poor Knights. Great team and awesome diving experience. Very well looked after... and I look forward to returning
Written 15 May 2022
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Thanks Richard & Carole, It's always a pleasure showing keen divers around the Poor Knights, we hope to see you both in September for the 3 day trip! Happy diving Northland Dive TEAM
Written 17 May 2022
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Brightsidejon
Palmerston North, New Zealand55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
The experience I had with Northland Dive would be right near the top of all my diving trips. They are second to none when it comes to looking after you. I spent 5 nights, 4 days diving with them, based at their lodge and exploring the Bay of Islands and the Canterbury wreck ( which I soon learned is there because of the work of owners, Shane and Julia). We also went out to the Poor Knights Islands for an overnight liveaboard and 7 more dives. The dives are all amazing. The food is great, and there is always plenty of it. Where else can you visit a scuttled frigate one day, then sleep onboard a boat in an enormous sea cave the next?
Written 25 January 2022
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Mhairi P
Paremata7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Fifth visit to NLD - exceptional experience as always.
First trip on Sunspy liveaboard (3D/2N) to Poor Knights, plus 1 day shore-based diving (RIB).
Group of 7 divers comfortably accommodated on this spacious and well appointed boat, with superb dive deck complete with diver lift. Admirably looked after by Capt Shane and crewmate/dive guide Lily. Meals more than ample, and very tasty (Thanks Julia!)
Diving truly extraordinary - if you've been, you know....if you've not, then just go!
The 'Cowshed' experience never fails to impress!
Shane & Julia have worked a small miracle to provide a veritable Mecca for divers in this little slice of paradise they are fortunate to call home, and are tireless in their efforts to ensure guests enjoy the very best of it!
Written 17 August 2021
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Mhairi it's always a pleasure hosting both Alistair & yourself. Sun Spy Liveaboard is an extremely popular way to visit the Poor Knights and we hope to get you both out there again in the New Year! Julia
Written 8 November 2022
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Ethan D
Whitianga, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Business
amazing trip, food was beautiful, well looked after, felt like home and recommend to anyone that wants to take diving to another level.
Written 25 June 2021
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Josh B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Julie and Steve were great to deal with. Their hire gear is of high quality. The dive sites would be some of the best in NZ. Their pricing is very reasonable for a high value experience.
We tented by their stream and went to sleep with the lovely sound of the flowing water. Bunks/cabins are also available.
We'd dive with them again in a heartbeat.
Written 1 January 2021
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Samantha P
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Amazing!!!! Hands down the best dive operators in NZ, the coolest crew and the perfect day out exploring! Can’t recommend enough!
Written 31 December 2020
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