Just across the Tasman lies the land of the long white cloud, the beautiful New Zealand. Directly east of Sydney, at the tip of the North Island, you can find the Poor Knights Islands. The underwater world here is filled with a stunning array of wildlife that is different from the rest of New Zealand, with convergence of warm water currents from the Coral Sea that wash over the rocky temperate environment. Here you can dive in kelp forests and see soft corals, gorgonian fans, and both temperate and subtropical animals. In summer you can dive in archways with vast numbers of mating stingrays, or look for orca in the open ocean. Dive the twin wrecks of the HMNZS Tui, a hydrographic research vessel that was at Bikini Atoll during the bombing, and the HMNZS Waikato, a purpose-sunk frigate.
Further south at Picton, in Marlborough Sound, New Zealand’s cooler waters are home to the Mikhail Lermontov. This shipwreck was a passenger cruise ship that sank in mysterious circumstances in 1986 while carrying 400 passengers. She is fully intact and lies in 12-36m of water, making it a great dive site for all levels. Go Dive’s unique “Live-ashore” program sees you departing Picton for the remote Lermontov Lodge in Port Gore, where you are only 5 minutes from the wreck.