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Little Barrier offers some of the best diving close to Auckland. Little Barrier Island, or Te Hauturu-o-Toi in Māori, lies off the northeastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Come and enjoy a day diving in the beautiful water around Little Barrier with New Zealand Diving.

Little Barrier island is separated from the mainland to the west by Jellicoe Channel, and from the larger Great Barrier Island to the east by Cradock Channel. The two aptly named islands shelter the Hauraki Gulf from many of the storms of the Pacific Ocean.

The rocky reefs around Little Barrier have abundant fish and invertebrate life among the kelp forests. The holes and cracks housed many crayfish, perhaps the overflow from Tawharanui Marine Park and Goat Island Marine Reserve on the adjacent coast. Many large red moki often shared their holes or swam through the weed above them. Their rarer cousins, the painted moki, are also found there. Add the swarms of demoiselle and blue maomao schools over the sponge gardens and Little Barrier offers some of the best diving close to Auckland.

If you are the hunter gatherer type you can also try your hand at catching crays and taking a feed home for the family.

Little Barrier is also home to our Hammerhead Experience run during the summer season.


New Zealand Diving offers a one day charter to Little Barrier with two Dives from our boat Midnight Diver. Little Barrier has suitable dive sites for all levels of divers.

If you are serious about diving one of the best rated dive destinations in the world, then you should be heading to this island. Visit the real Jurassic park and dive some of the spectacular sites Little Barrier has to offer. Manta Rays are often seen around the island, along with Dolphin, Whales and plenty marine life, including sharks.


Diving is an adventure activity that includes risk to your person. Under New Zealand law we are we required to notify you of the following statement.

You accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to breathing compressed gas, marine traffic, marine life, decompression sickness, drowning, barotrauma, air embolism, decompression illness, dehydration, gas narcosis, malfunctioning equipment, ear problems, sun damage, hyperthermia, hypothermia, sea sickness, and adverse weather events.

These activities are run in the outdoors on the ocean, so may be exposed to sudden natural disasters such as, but not limited to Tsunami, Earthquakes, Slips Landslides or Rock Falls, or Volcanic Eruption. I am aware that participating in the activities offered by New Zealand Diving Limited can be hazardous even if they are conducted with care, control, and responsibility. You acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.



Please read our terms & conditions found on our website page, frequently asked questions before booking:

Sometimes our activities may have to be rescheduled due to situations outside of our control, such as poor weather. Please note we reschedule in such situations, as described in our terms and conditions.

Overseas participants are advised to carry travel insurance in case rescheduling is unsuitable.

All participants must be of good health and complete a medical declaration. This is available on our website:

All participants must be diving certified to dive on a charter or undergoing a diving course with New Zealand Diving Limited.

All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m, unassisted.


Our day starts meeting at New Zealand Diving in Warkworth. Divers meet at 08:30 am to head out to the launch site.

One dive is conducted in the morning and one in the afternoon. A surface interval will be conducted in between.

Dives will be taken at two different sites during the day. Customers can expect to be back by approx. 16:30.


Remember to bring an appropriate change of clothes, lunch or snacks, water and sunscreen. Dive gear is provided.



Little Barrier offers a huge range of diving, set in a stunning location. We have provided three different ways for you to choose from to see them.: A singe day charter, a part of our unique dive combination package or on our spectacular 2 day liveaboard. Select you preferred option below

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • Little Barrier Scuba Dive
  • 1 Days
  • $300.00


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