The wreck of the HMNZ Waikato

HMNZS Waikato (F55) was a Leande batch 2TA Frigate. of the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was one of two Leanders built for the RNZN, the other being the Batch 3 HMNZ Canterbury. These two New Zealand ships relieved British ships during the Falklands conflict, freeing British ships for deployment.


This is a place that I had set our sights on before coming to NZ. Both in online posts and Quest Journal it appealed due to its remote location and level of technical difficulty. Louise and I have had the chance to dive it over the last two years but you can expect to trade many days of humping gear and lots of effort to have the privilege of interacting with this beautiful dive location!




This dive is as much as you want it to be! Great dive, Great friends and an awesome location to keep exploring :)