We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Improve this listing
94%
Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for its excellent...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: 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.
Write a Review

58 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    48
    7
    3
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
London
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This was one of the best trips ever! Superb skipper and crew - they couldn't have done anything more to give us what was truly a perfect day. Wonderful underwater life at the swim site. Did I mention the sandwiches? We rather pigged ourselves! But after all the kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding we were starving and they were delicious!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Thanks Dive! Tutukaka for a wonderful day - informative and humourous commentary, great safety awareness, flexible and friendly service. This is a wonderful way to see the Poor Knights Marine Reserve.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Whangarei, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A few years ago...hmmm, like quite a few years back! I was lucky enough to be a part of a famil to the Poor Knights Island Marine reserve. Dive Tutukaka hosted us and took us on our adventure in a speed boat trip out. It was incredible to see up close this protected area of our world. The knowledge from... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Too cold in European summer, but the crew of Dive Tutukaka managed to make it a very good day. Pity that they did not have dry suits.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Whangarei, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We have been a few times now including staying over night in our boat. Kids love it. Jumping in off the boat and swimming amongst the may fish is just fantastic. It really is a must if you are in the area.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Poor knights is the most awesome place to go, the water is so blue and warm, i really want to go back there soon. I was aboard Lion New Zealand when I went

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
52 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This place is amazing. I went on the perfect day boat and went snorkelling. I think it is the best snorkelling spot in New Zealand and you must do it. Not only is it amazing snorkelling with heaps of fish, but the views of the islands are gorgeous. Check out some of my photos here: http://photographyaddiction.com/tips-landscape-photography-boat/ We were lucky on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

be aware, they call 20 degrees warm water :) but once you'll get over the shock,it is amazing diving. through tunnels and caves, archways where the light filters through. massive crayfish and kingfish and the kelpforest is fun . to top it off, the scenery over water if breathtaking and when you're in the world largest water cave you're just... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My husband and I took a boat trip out here (with Perfect Day) and did some snorkeling. I was seasick, so didn't see as much, but my husband got some great pictures of the fish. The caves and sea-arches are fascinating, and this is a place well worth visiting. Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, and just looking at the scenery are all... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
auckland
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

World class diving at this pristine marine reserve. We went with Yokon Dive, our 3rd trip with them, everything was superb.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve also viewed

Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
 
Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
 

Been to Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?