I was initially attracted to NZ Diving, based in Warkworth NZ, as they ran a promotional price for Horn Rock to see the hammerhead shark migration. Unfortunately because of weather and rescheduled times I was not able to make this dive, and they were excellent in working to find an alternative. Since the first dive with them I have done three trips and six dives with them. NZ Diving have their own 30ft semi-rigid inflatable, midnight diver, which they launch near the dive sites. This allows them to have a very low cost structure compared to some other operators, such as Poor Knights companies with large expensive cats. You accept that a trip out 45 mins is not going to be as comfortable, but the trip can be fun if a little challenging in rougher seas, and is fast and fun in good weather. The quality of equipment is excellent - new 7mm wetsuits, gloves available, good quality new regs and BCDs. Fins look OK but I take my own.
As with any diver operator, they have a large staff so I have met and gone out with around 7 people from NZD and enjoyed talking with all of them. Neil is excellent, and kindly sent me a picture of myself entering the bridge of the Waikato frigate taken with his professional kit. In my trips I have found the staff professional, even forbidding a second dive to someone who had broken their ascent rate (this type of thing and not doing safety stops I have seen many other operators turn a blind eye to. I won't dive a second time with people like that.)
I am an advanced PADI diver with around 75 dives. NZ Diving is excellent value, dive great locations and have good hire kit. I will dive the Canterbury and other locations with them this year if I get a chance.
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