Dive the Wrecks of HMNZS Tui & HMNZS Waikato
Dive New Zealand’s two most famous ship wrecks. The Waikato and Tui are superb dive wrecks and are just out side the Tutukaka Harbour entrance. You can be in the water with in 10 minutes of leaving the Tutukaka marina. These wrecks are excellent day and night dives with secure mooring lines for access from dive boat to the wrecks.
The frigate ex HMNZS Waikato was built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland, launched on February 18, 1966, and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on September 15, 1966. At 113.4m long, 12.5m beam and draft of 5.5m she was the first Leander Class frigate built for the navy. She had top speed of 30 knots, and was powered by twin steam turbines developing 30,000hp.
She was armed with twin guns in the turret, two 20mm Orlikeon machine guns on the wings, a quad Seacat anti-aircraft missile launcher, six 12.75in anti submarine torpedo tubes, one anti-submarine warfare Limbo mortar Mark 10 and a Wasp Helicopter capable of delivering depth charges and a Mark 46 anti-submarine torpedo.
She served the RNZ Navy until decommissioning in 1998. Tutukaka Coast Promotions won the tender and prepared the ship for divers during 1999/2000. Finally the ship was sent to her final resting place on the 25th November 2000 in a world record time of 2 mins 40 secs. She now rests in 30m of water. At the time she was the only purpose sunk frigate in the Southern Hemisphere with her turret and one propeller left on the ship.
As a responsible dive operator, we require all our wreck divers to be at least Advanced Open Water certified with a minimum of 25 dives. We also like your last dive to be fairly recent, within the last 6 months.
Contact Us for more information about booking a trip with Yukon Dive. (Wreck dives are available outside our peak season of December – March).