DIVE THE HMNZS CANTERBURY WRECK
NZ DIVING WRECK WEEKEND TOURS
The HMNZS Canterbury is 113 metres long and at 13 metres in beam, a fraction wider than the Waikato. She makes for an impressive sight in a great dive location, as the underwater growth takes hold. The upper deck, bridge and first floor levels are easily within recreational diving range. The lower levels are for more advanced divers with the stern resting at approximately 36m
DIVE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
HMNZS Canterbury (F421)was one of two broad beam Leander class frigates operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) from 1971 to 2005. HMNZS Canterbury was laid down on 12 June 1969 by Yarrow Shipbuilders and launched 11 months later on 6 May 1970. Commissioned on the 22 October 1971, she left from the UK for NZ 1 June 1972, arriving at her home port, Lyttelton 4 August 1972.
Her armament consisted of: 2 x 4.5” DP guns, 1 x quadruple Seacat SAM launcher, two x 20mm Oerlikons, 2 x 3 stack torpedo tubes. She was last equipped with the SH-2G Seasprite helicopter, had a top speed of 30 knots and a complement of between 245 and 260 men.
Canterbury went on to see operational service in much of Australasia and other regions like the Persian Gulf, undertaking operations like supporting UN sanctions against Iraq and peace-keeping in East Timor.
In addition, Canterbury relieved the Royal Navy frigate HMS Amazon in the Indian Ocean during the Falklands War, and later relieved the frigate HMNZS Otago at Moruroa during anti-nuclear protests.
DIVE TOUR DETAILS & INCLUSIONS
Canterbury was decommissioned at the end of March 2005 and after extensive works to remove potentially toxic materials, she was scuttled on 3 November 2007 at Deep Water Cove in the Bay of Islands to provide a dive wreck.
The ex-HMNZS Canterbury was prepared with divers in mind; plenty of extra access points have been created to provide an ease of entry and exit, this makes for some particularly good penetration and swim through opportunities.
The wreck sits completely upright and fully intact, and her position in Deep Water Cove is protected in most conditions. She lies at a depth of between 12 metres at the middle funnel, and 38 metres at the stern, where visibility can range between 8 and 30 metres.
You will get to spend between 35 and 45 minutes on the Wreck and a 5 minute safety stop.
DIVE CHARTER ITINERARY
Our day starts at the marina in Opua. Divers meet at around 09:00 to head out to the wreck 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 ends of the wreck during the day. Customers can expect to be back at Opua by 16:00.
If you are excited about wreck diving then why not book our unique Wreck Weekend 3 day liveaboard tour and stay overnight. Up to four dives a day are possible.
Food and accommodation are included in the price.
If you are interested in taking your Wreck Diver certification then please contact us and we will be glad to help you
WHAT TO BRING
Remember to bring an appropriate change of clothes, lunch or snacks, water and sunscreen. Dive gear is provided.
THE HMNZS CANTERBURY
HMNZS Canterbury Dive by E Fuhrman
ADVANCED DIVER COURSE"Elite Standard of Training, Thank you NZ Diving Looking forward to working together on the next step of my overall objective.
SCUBA DIVE CHARTER"Neil and his crew were fantastic!! An awesome day with awesome people. Totally recommend!!
WEEKEND WRECK CHARTER"We were well looked after on our Wreck Dive and had a great time with top notch banter from Neil and his team"
OPEN WATER COURSE“ Completed 3 day course a month ago with my 18yr daughter. Would absolutely connect with this company in the future to dive again!! Thanks Neil!!”
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