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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for...
World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for its excellent visibility, as one of the top ten places to dive in the world.
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STUNNING

This has to be the very best dive spot in New Zealand. Untill you have experienced it you will no believe how stunning it is. If you scuba it is a must see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This has to be the very best dive spot in New Zealand. Untill you have experienced it you will no believe how stunning it is. If you scuba it is a must see.

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Northland
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

As a Yatchie we have been here many times...especially before it became a commercial divers operation. We used to spend a night or two out there and admire the growth and poor knights lily etc. and catch a fish or two before they closed it to fishing. I think its a shame that only divers get the pleasure of going... More 

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Kansas CIty, MO
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102 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited this reserve with the company Dive!Tutukaka! We were able to snorkel and cruise around and check out the scenery. It was beautiful. Our boat went inside the world's largest sea cave. We also cruised around many rock islands teeming with bird life like australasian gannets. We saw Buller's Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater, Common-Diving Petrel and Fairy Prion on the... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I feel very privileged to have this in my back yard, if you are a water person this trip is well worth it, diving or snorkeling it wont disappoint, there is amazing amount of fish life and growth on the rocks there is always something to look at.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great trip with great people! The diving is stunning, even when the water cools down the marine life is still thriving. A great place to spend the weekend!

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Canada
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330 reviews
272 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

While on our trip in New Zealand, we had planned on having a diving experience like nothing we had ever experienced before. We carefully chose the best diving boat, the best diving instructor, and the best diving location. Being new to the sport, we received plenty of basic survival instruction. Unfortunately, we weren't instructed about the dive itself … After... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I grew up with this place as my backyard so at certain times of the year I was out there everyday. It went through a time of over fishing but now when I visit the speed at which the fish and marine life has returned is amazing. If you have the right certs and can do it a night dive... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Not much to see at Frazers Landing unfortunately but the dive through the Blue Mao Mao Arch was just amazing. Crystal clear water and a fun time diving through the arches and seeing the sunlight break. Colorful Rocks and Fish were just beautiful!

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Portland, Oregon
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

One of the most beautiful places on Earth. Must visit during the summertime in New Zealand. There were so many fish and birds. Healthy and happy animals. It was just fabulous.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Our first trip was on the excellent Perfect Day outing but since then we have refularly taking our own boat there. The underwater life is incredible - so many fish. Amazing to think our coast would all be like this if not for fishing. There are thousands of fish and the walls underwater in the arches are an amazing collection... More 

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei

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