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Below the Surface - Diving in New Zealand


New Zealand has a wealth of excellent underwater locations that provide wonderful opportunities to observe and photograph a wide selection of plant and animal life.

I have been diving since 1990. Within the first year I acquired a Nikonos V 35mm camera and an underwater housing for my Sony 8mm video camera, and photos of the world below started accumulating. Since switching to digital for the 21st century, the photos have piled up even faster.


Diving has taken me to the beautiful isolation at both extremes of this country. I was introduced to Fiordland in my first year of diving, and have returned annually to enjoy further locations within the many fiords. For variety, travel to the northern extreme of the country has permitted me to explore a small part of the Three Kings Islands. At other times of the year I dive locally around Christchurch, and north to Kaikoura and Picton. Looking at a map it quickly becomes apparent how little of the country I have dived and how much remains for a "one of these days" adventure.


Below the Surface - Know what you see


Once I started taking photos while diving, I discovered how many interesting creatures and plants were around me, but I had no idea what most of them were. After many hours of hunting around the dusty corners of the internet, local libraries, and book stores, I have found the names of some things, and a little about where they fit in the greater scheme of things; but many still continue to frustrate my endeavours.

I am making this selection of my images available here so you can join me in seeing some of what is hidden beneath our waves. Please explore some of my images, and reflect on some of the wonders and mysteries that lie hidden below the waters right on our doorstep. And please feel welcome to contact me with suggestions, comments and any identifications that continue to frustrate me.

I do plan to add further images to these galleries as other activities permit, so do return from time-to-time to see how I am progressing.

Peter Fitchett