Dive Sites

Dive Sites

Please find below a selection of the most common dive sites in the Whangarei area.

Please preserve our stocks.  Take only what you really need and be sure to be selective.  We don't want to end up like the Hauraki Gulf or Marlborugh Sounds with depleted stocks.  Please collect any discarded fishing line and plastics on your dive.

1. Matapouri – Pebbles Bay – At the North end of the beach Crayfish can be obtained by a short swim. Ideal for novice divers with cliffs and canyons, and is also good for snorkelling.  There are some wonderful rock pools to take the family to visit, but be cautious of sea conditions.

2. Tutukaka – Departure point for the Poor Knights. Some nice walls at the harbour entrance. Good dives to be had at the Gables to the North and Wellington reef to the South.

3. Taiharuru – McGregor's Bay – A nice safe sandy beach for the family with a boat ramp and toilets.  Some nice diving on the right side of the bay if you are happy for a bit of a swim if shore diving.    As you travel out to these areas you will also see a spot on the right just before McGregor’s Bay called the gap/gut – this is a good dive with if the sea conditions are right and you can carry your gear up and down the hill.  The gut itself has colourful encrusting life on the right vertical wall.  It leads out to white sand to the right with many rocks to swim around as you follow the coast line.  If you go left, it's a more rocky reef.

4. Kauri Mountain – Be prepared for a short, but steep walk down to the water. Caution is advised. Once down at the waters edge you can swim left or take a long surface swim out to the Awarua rocks where there are some nice reefs.

5. Whangarei Heads – Peach Cove and Smugglers Cove – Boat diving for Scallops and some good Kingfish to be found for the spear/fishermen.  Crayfish tend to be small as this is a popular area.  This is a kelpy area with some fantastic swim throughs.

6. McLeod's Bay, Urquhart's Bay – Scallops can be found in these areas and it is relatively easy to swim from the shore. When diving here you should be in at least 8-metres before coming across Scallops big enough to collect. Best time to dive is just after low tide.  Be careful as some people dredge for scallops in this area.

7. Marsden Point – One Tree Point – Scallops in the harbour. Best time to dive is just after the turn of the incoming tide. Scallops are available within a short swim. Depths vary from 5 metres. Good boat ramps. Watch for strong currents, boat traffic and dredges.

8. Bream Bay – Scallops are readily available. Boat diving recommended. Best to launch boats from Marsden Point in Ruakaka or Whangarei Heads – Urquhart’s Bay.