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Waikato Wreck

Wreck Diving with Dive HQ Whangarei

We are lucky enough to have 2 of the 3 ex NZ Navy Leander Class frigates to be sunk for divers right on our door step.  Canterbury is in Deep Water Cove in the Bay of Islands and Waikato is off of Ngunguru Bay.

At 113.4m long, 12.5m beam and a draft of 5.5m she was the first of the Leander class frigates built for the NZ navy in 1966.  Decommisioned in1988 and sunk in 2000.  Waikato rests in two pieces leaning on its side in water 28m deep on 35,39.165 South and 174,32.670 East.

 

Sinking of the Waitkato