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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6494343867
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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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Well worth a trip here for a dive or snorkel, beautiful and plentiful marine life. In summer it catches the tail end of the warm water current from oz and the water goes a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
JoCorkery
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a trip here for a dive or snorkel, beautiful and plentiful marine life. In summer it catches the tail end of the warm water current from oz and the water goes a stunning deep blue colour making for great visibility

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Thank JoCorkery
Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Day trip to the Poor Knights Island was a wonderful experience, we had a load of fun with great crew members. Interesting feeling of being wedged into a restrictive wet suit but this meant there was no problem with the cold water. Plenty of fish, although I was with a friend who had been there as a young man and... More 

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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

Relaxing place. Not so many fishes the day I visited (that allegedly varies) and more jellyfishes than I like in my surroundings. Fines for stepping on the islands are also a let down. Still, a very beautiful and relaxing place, great for kayaking, snorkeling and other relaxing activities.

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Thank Rodrigo R
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Although I wanted to see this place for many, many years as many people insisted that it is absolutely fab, I was rather disappointed on the day I finally made it out there. Yes, the surroundings are beautiful, yes, the boat company we used ('A perfect Day') was great, yes, kayaking around the various rock formations is fantastic - but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We had the most amazing day! I snorkelled and my partner scuba dives, and we both felt it was an amazing experience! Will definitely be back!

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Thank Michelle R
Whangarei
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

My husband and I were gifted a Perfect Day and it was so aptly named. We had sunshine, a friendly crew and well informed captain, a lunch laid on and perfect conditions. We saw Orca as well to top off the day

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Thank Kapmallett
Whangarei, New Zealand
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This place is definitively one of the mecca of the diving world.But it is as well exciting seeing these islands and caves.

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Thank Patrick C
Tutukaka, New Zealand
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is the most amazing marine reserve on the world, for both divers and snorkeling. Dive Tutukaka does an excellent job taking people out to the Poor Knights. If you don't dive or swim, it's still worth a trip on the Perfect Day to see The Knights up close.

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Thank Kathryn M
Whangarei, New Zealand
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Best to go in good weather (calm seas) via boat from Tutukaka to Poor Knights. Once there, put on a wetsuit so you can either dive or snorkel and see an amazing underworld of coloured fish. Enter the magical huge cave named Rikoriko and absorb the peacefulness and wonder that this special part of the world offers you. We were... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I was bought a trip to the Poor Knights to go snorkelling, for my birthday. My husband and I went with my daughter in her early 20's. My daughter and I had never snorkelled in deep water before and were very scared. However, the boat crew were brilliant and the snorkelling was one of the most magical experiences of my... More 

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