MV Rena & Astrolabe Reef



Astrolobe Reef

The MV Rena was described as the worst maritime environmental disaster in New Zealand, and one of the world’s most complex clean-ups. Access to Astrolabe Reef / Otaiti has now been restored for vessels under 500 tonnes by the Bay of Plenty Harbour Master. This is after more than four and a half years of salvage and clean-up operations following the grounding of the MV Rena. The reef itself is an excellent dive site both full of life and exciting to dive.

On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, the container ship MV Rena ran aground on the reef. By Sunday, 9 October, a 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) oil-slick threatened wildlife and the area’s rich fishing waters. By 13 October the ship had started to list and rock in the waves. Over 88 containers, some containing dangerous chemicals, fell into the sea and some washed ashore. The wreck broke in two during stormy weather on 7 January 2012.

To learn more about diving shipwrecks take a wreck diving course and experience the excitement of the MV Rena.


A lot of the old wreck has now gone and much of her has been re-colonised by shoals of fish and marine life. She is definitely a spectacular dive with plenty of swim through’s and areas to explore but the Rena represents a difficult dive. This is a charter we offer to experienced divers with a minimum of advanced or deep specialty certifications. Depths drop very sharply to 40m+ and with the possibility of strong currents the Rena can be challenging.

Astrolabe Reef is near Motiti Island, off the Bay of Plenty coast in New Zealand. The reef, which breaks the water surface at low tide, is a renowned scuba diving spot that drops off to over 40 metres (121 ft) in different parts. The reef was named by Jules Dumont d’Urville after his ship Astrolabe, when it nearly ran aground there on 16 February 1827.

The reef itself is an excellent dive site both full of life and exciting to dive.
There is no shelter from the elements here and the journey can get extremely rough with only slight winds.


This 2 day dive tour includes 4 x tank dives over 2 days with full gear hire. Due to the location of the wreck this is a seasonal dive only & divers must be certified to a minimum of advanced diver or hold a deep specialty certification.


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.


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


Join us diving New Zealand’s most recent shipwreck and dive the fantastic Astrolobe Reef

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • MV Rena & Astrolabe Reef Dive Trip
  • 2 days
  • $699.00

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