Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Top Diving Sites in New Zealand

You've tried the exciting water sports such as water rafting, jet boat rides, and kayaking. Now it's time to get closer to the ocean – much closer. New Zealand has a wide variety of diving locations. From the North Island to the tip of the South Island, keen divers can find subtropical waters and milder, more temperate conditions in which to pursue their passion. Visibility in the water ranges from 10 metres to 40 metres on good days, and the water temperature is around 20°C in the summer and 13°C in winter. The best diving seasons in New Zealand are summer and autumn, between January and July.

Photo: coralreefphotos.com

Marine life is diverse and sometimes completely unique to New Zealand. Divers can swim with dolphins, fur seals, and get close to whales. Some locations even allow divers to harvest seafood such as rock lobster, scallops, and other shellfish.