About Us

Sandpiper is a private live-aboard vessel used for the enjoyment of family and invited friends.


Until April 2008, Sandpiper was a charter vessel hosting small live-aboard dive trips around the New Zealand coastline. Being based in Picton at the top of the South Island, the majority of her trips were in the Cook Strait area, however, trips further afield, to Three Kings Inlands, Fiordland and Stewart Island were scheduled to meet demand.

Attractions in the Cook Strait area include the wrecks of the Lastingham, Rangitoto and Mikhail Lermontov.

Three months of the year ( April-May-June ) were spent chartering in Fiordland.

With almost 30 years diving experience this skipper knows the dive sites very well, having dived from the Three Kings Islands to Stewart Island.


Sandpiper is a traditional trawler type hulled vessel with a length of 44', beam 14'6", draft 6'6" and displaces 24 tons. Built in Wellington and launched in late 1986 she is admirably suited for the New Zealand coast. She has 6'6" headroom in all cabins and is equipped with full galley facilities, 10 cu.ft. fridge/freezer, 7 bunks and 2 showers. With over 200 sq.ft. of deck area there is ample room for diving and other activities.







BSAC Travel Club - 2006, including Three Kings Islands
BSAC Travel Club - 2005, including Marlborough Sounds
BSAC Travel Club - 2002-3, including Fiordland
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