History of the Rewa

The Rewa began her life in September 1889 as the Alice A.Leigh, a 3,000 ton four-masted steel barque built by the Whitehaven Shipbuilding Company, Cumbria, UK.
Rewa ran the typical trades of the large four-masters, taking bulk cargoes from India and Australia to London, and to the Pacific coast of North America. She visited Australia for the first time in Feb.1895


Renamed Rewa, she made her last major voyage to London via the Cape of Good Hope in 103 days, with a load of wool. She returned to Newcastle in ballast in 93 days, and loaded coal and sleepers for Auckland. She arrived in Auckland in August 1922 on her final voyage

Finally a storm put paid to that endeavour and she ended up scuttled near the shore of Moturekareka Island near Kawau (June 1930). Easy to get to and just a short boat ride from the marina. This is a popular training site, well sheltered and protected from any currents and deep depths. She is an ideal site for those wishing to learn how to wreck dive.

Today she is a popular tourist site and still recognisable as the ship she once use to be. Although a very shallow dive she makes for a good training site for both scuba divers and freedivers alike.
Her decks have long gone and parts of her masts lay out into the bay. Many of the steel plates have gone from her side, exposing the ribs and allowing easy access into the centre of her hull.
There are no overhead penetration areas of concern and the bottom depth in the hull is shallow.

In good light and visibility conditions she is a very pretty dive, excellent for photographers.
If you would like to learn how to dive shipwrecks, then take a look at our wreck diving courses.


Our single day charters include two tank dives from our boat Midnight Diver. Dive gear is provided to all of our customers.

If you are excited about wreck diving then why not book our Wreck Diver certification.

The Rewa is a great destination and can be dived as part of our Advanced Diver programme


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.


To enquire about this charter, contact us via email or call us on 09 422 3599


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

REWA Shipwreck

Our local shipwreck the Rewa just outside of Sandspit. You can dive her on a local dive charter

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • Rewa shipwreck dive - local charter
  • 1 Day
  • $204


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