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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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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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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Various boats offer anything from a fun day out to diving, snorkelling and a scenic boat adventure. We like the Klondyke boats the most, but all of them leave from Tutukaka Marina.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tom M
Reviewed December 4, 2018

Took our adult kids out for the day and had a wonderful time. Have travelled to many countries and snorkled but still feel the Poor Knights is the best. Lots and lots of fish to see even if you can't dive down. Visibility is nearly...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank thesimmos172
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Poor Knights Islands have some amazing diving. Water temps are in mid-60s (15 to 17C) in October - bring gloves if you have them as the local dive operations may not rent them. Lots of different species of fish, lovely nudibranchs and other colorful invertebrates,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank SanDiegoLovesSnow
Reviewed November 7, 2018

The Poor Knights are truly amazing. A wonderful marine reserve with some much colour and action. Fish everywhere, as well as loads of other marine life. It is beautiful. I would highly recommend even just snorkelling. And make sure you visit the Rikoriko sea cave.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ArrianeNC
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Take a Perfect Day cruise for a perfect day! Just beautiful. You can do so much - snorkeling, kayaking or try your hand at paddle boarding. 😍

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Lunchbandit
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

The Poor nights is one of my all time favourite places to go, the fish are huge and plentiful, great for swimming, diving and snorkeling (no fishing as it is a marine reserve) be sure to check out the massive cave!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank LaurenT2563
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The Poor Knights Islands with their brutal history are a beautiful spot. Isolated, serene and full of animal, bird and marine life. The snorkelling and diving are world class.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank laurenr0che
Reviewed July 17, 2018

WOW ! What an amazing trip ! There is so much under water life , heaps of colourful fish . I had a few breath taking moments it was just so stunning ! The crew on board were very friendly and helped with getting snorkelling...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AylaN_iToursntix
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The Poor nights is a fantastic group of islands off the Tutukaka coast. It is a reserve so you can't go on shore or even anchor to land. However, the trip out and tootling around the islands is fantastic, with very clear waters and an...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank K1W1G1RL
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Everything this trip is worth a lifetime experience. The sea life down the water, the bird sanctuaries up on hills, the trip on that boat plus delicious food extras and the service of the young sailors with their big smiles is worth every ounce of...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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BarbarafromCanada
January 14, 2019|
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Response from laurenr0che | Reviewed this property |
Dive Tutukaka are excellent and have a number of boats
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carmenr349
April 21, 2017|
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Response from Derek S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, lots of boats will take you out there and there is no compulsion to swim, although you might change your mind when you see how cool and easy it is. Did you mean are there boats that leave early afternoon? I don't... More
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