About Northland Dive

In 2000 the owners of Northland Dive, Shane and Julia,
purchased 100 acres of land including a stream and a cowshed. The cowshed became their base to dive in the Bay of Islands ...every single weekend. Eventually their obsession with diving became full-time. And so, Shane and Julia moved into the cowshed permanently.

Image supplied by the Browns Family

 Images kindly supplied by the Browns Family, we estimate these images are 30 years old


"The Cowshed Shed" has since had major remodelling to convert it into a 26-bed dive lodge.

 


Northland Dive Founders

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Shane Housham is Northland Dive's Master Scuba Dive Instructor. He has 6 Padi Specialty Instructor ratings: Deep, Dry Suit, Naturalist, Wreck and Photography. Shane has 8 years experience instructing and 15 years dive experience with over 3000 dives.

 

Julia Riddle has been diving in the Northland area for 20 years. She has done approximately 1500 dives (not all are logged). She holds a full Skippers licence, and is currently completing her Dive Master qualification. Julia is the chief administrator and chef at "The Shed".

 


SHANE HOUSHAM (RIGHT) WITH RECENT VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENT- S.A.S. CORPORAL WILLY APIATA, ON THE CANTERBURY DURING SCUTTLING PREPARATION

Northland Dive were the instigators for putting the decommisioned naval frigate - HMNZS Canterbury in the Bay of Islands. At the 11th hour, after managing to connect to the internet on a tempremental dial-up connection, Shane submitted the tender application to sink the Canterbury. There was a lot of competition to win the tender. However, with strong support the Bay of Islands Canterbury Charitable Trust won the tender. A year later on the 3rd of Novemeber, 2007 the former HMNZS Canterbury was sunk in Deep Water Cove.

Northland Dive has 2 boats

Double07
8.5m Gemini Rib
Yamaha 350hp 4-stroke V8
Surveyed for 16 divers
Sea D Sea
7.2m Gemini Rib
twin 135hp
Surveyed for 16 divers