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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 23 Attractions in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for its excellent...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Nature & Parks
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.
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New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Just spent a day with the Dive Tutukaka team visiting the Poor Knights Island and could not have had a better day. The crew were fantastic, the dive was fantastic and nature was on! Myself, my brother, his brother in law and 4 kids under 15 (the youngest 8). The kids snorkeled while the adults dived and it was truly... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

So, although my husband is a diver, we decided to take our 10 year old to Poor Knights reserve for some snorkeling adventure experience. We booked a day trip through A Perfect Day, based in Tutukaka. Have to say they were brilliant, included in the price was, use of wetsuits, snorkel gear, paddle boards (all new), kayaks, lunch (sammies muffins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Dive tutakaka are slick operators and make this experience truely great. At 19 degrees the water was a little cool but worth it. Good family entertainment and the crew were great hosts. Definitly need to book and take suntan lotion and a drink. Would have been good to have some biccies or a muffin to have with a hot drink... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I had a great day with Dive! Tutukaka. I have dived all around the world, but this was my first sub-tropical dive. The skipper and guides were both professional and funny. Got some great pictures and saw eels, carpet sharks, and other interesting creatures.

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London
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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!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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.

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