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Dive HQ Christchurch

Dive HQ Retail Shop

Our retail shop is packed with the latest products selling the largest range of SCUBA and Spearfishing equipment in the South Island. We can accommodate all budgets. Our staff are informed and will give you professional advice and service, so whether we are tailoring a package for you or selling you the ultimate dive system you will be treated to the same high level of service.

To back up our retail store we operate a full dive service centre, PADI dive training to all levels, dive trips and tertiary courses up to a Diploma in Professional Dive Instruction.

About Dive HQ and Opportunities in Canterbury

Dive HQ Christchurch have been training divers for over 40 years, not only have they introduced thousands of recreational divers to the fabulous underwater world, but they are one of New Zealand’s leading Career based PADI Training facilities, placing hundreds of Scuba Instructors throughout the International Diving Industry. This is the leading summer and winter training and retail operation, located in Christchurch in the province of Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. It offers all year round SCUBA diving both local and internationally. Clientele are drawn from around the South Island and Christchurch, which is the largest city and financial hub of the South Island of New Zealand.


Dive HQ Christchurch is now located at 103 Durham St South, Christchurch. You'll see the signage from the top of the Durham St overbridge as you head south from Moorhouse Ave. Click here to view Google Map of our location.


Dive HQ encompasses some 40 years of diver training in Christchurch. More than two generations of South Islanders have been trained with us.

Climatic Conditions

South Island of New Zealand enjoys a temperate climate, which is moderated by the close proximity of the sea in all parts of the island and because of the unique phenomena created by the Main Alpine Divide. This enables scuba diving and spearfishing to carried out in similar areas and all within an hours drive from the city!


The South Island of New Zealand is recognised as a major adventure playground with easy access through its international airport to summer and winter adventure activities on which Dive HQ Christchurch has based its business. All facets that the business caters for are available within approximately 2 hours drive.

For instance:

Local diving training is available within 60 minutes drive from the store at Banks Peninsula.

Diving in the pristine and spectacular high country Lake Coleridge just 1.25 hours drive.

Kaikoura > Whale watching, dolphin swimming, diving & fishing. (2 hours). Visit a stunning array of wineries along the way at Waipara.

Banks Peninsula > Akaroa, a quaint tourist village with unique French History and great diving / fishing / scenery / Hectors dolphin. (1 Hour).

Further a-field but still catered for by Dive HQ Christchurch is:

Fiordland World Heritage National Park which is recognized in diving as having the Worlds largest colonies of Black Coral within easy diving depths (est. 7,000,000 colonies). Dive HQ and Ski World organizes charters to this wonderland.

Picton > Marlborough Sounds> Picton is the home of the inter island ferry services so a natural departure point to the North Island if you are driving.

The sounds feature diving, fishing, charter boats and an awesome water playground including the wreck of the Mikhail Lermontov 25,000 ton Russian Cruise Liner.

This is a neat place for diving with practice wrecks - Kohi and Vara as well as the Fish Feeding in Double Bay and many locations for a succulent feed of hand picked scallops.

Do not overlook the opportunity to dive Long Island marine reserve and visit the historical Ship Cove, where Captain Cook visited so long ago.

We can organise a charter for you in this area.



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