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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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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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Best diving in NZ - worth crossing the world for!

We've been up to the Poor Knights for diving more than 3 times since moving to NZ. With it's stunning rock formations, generally great vis and incredible array of fish and plant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Brittany J
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We've been up to the Poor Knights for diving more than 3 times since moving to NZ. With it's stunning rock formations, generally great vis and incredible array of fish and plant life - it's a unique spot that offers visitors an inside look at what makes NZ so special. In addition, because the islands are big and full of... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Perfect Day snorkel trip, nice comfortable boat, professional friendly staff. Views and water spectacular. Good casual lunch choices. Well maintained equipment. Water too cold for us even in wetsuits, but we were in long enough to see some marine life. Worth a trip even without going in the water.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Poor Kinghts is a haven. Feel the world' scares just drop away as you enter the reserve, with soaring pohutukawa-clad cliffs on the small islands, gannets soaring. Your heart sings - and that is BEFORE you even get in the water. It was 21degrees in the water last weekend (7/7 February) so diving in a 3mm suit was plenty. Add... More 

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Pondicherry, India
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51 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Loved the dive sites even though it was cold water. All divers who are visiting NZ must include these dives. It is an experience to dive in cold water with a 6.5mm wetsuit.

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Houston, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This was a great trip, with sun bathing, snorkeling with schools of fish, diving off the boat, paddle boarding, etc. We also saw dolphins. The tour took us around the islands to view the unique features of these islands including a large sea cave which we actually went into with the boat.

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Chard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Clear water, wonderful scenery and profuse invertebrate and fish life. We managed to dive 6 different sites and they were all different. Experiencing the echo in Rikoriko cave is quite something as well!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A fantastic trip to the Island. Very professional and helpful staff from The Perfect Day. We felt very staff and they were great with less confident swimmers. Fantastic snorkelling and the fish we beautiful. good commentary - enough but not too much. Very relaxed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We were at poor knights island with " you can dive" meet them on tutukaka very very friendly and we were just 10-12 persons (my partner and me snorkling and others guys diving), so sweet a day under a big Sun, swim with fish and see the sea life. If you are close from tutukaka do it, a bit expensive... More 

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Tauranga, NZ
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We were absolutely blown away by the amount of fish life that we got to see when we went snorkelling, the scenery when we took our boat through the arches was equally amazing. Northern arch, middle arch, RikoRiko Cave, Blue Mao Mao Arch, everything is just beautiful. Do not go to Tutakaka without visitng this. We took our own boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Excellent one day experience. They provide you all the gear. The whole family enjoyed. Good value for the money.

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