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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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Amazing day at the Poor Knights

Went out with a family with 4 children from teenagers down to an 8 year old. The weather was great but the sea a bit cold. Wet suits were provided and everyone was warm and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Bruce C
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went out with a family with 4 children from teenagers down to an 8 year old. The weather was great but the sea a bit cold. Wet suits were provided and everyone was warm and enjoyed the extra buoyancy. There were plenty of fish to see and everyone swam into the giant cave. When you come in for a rest... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived on the Tutukaka coast for the last 40 years and having my own boat, have during this period spent many hours on and under the waters of these world renowned Islands. The vertical cliffs rising from 120 metres below the surface to tower above you on your cruise around them, exploring in and out of tight little... More 

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Thank Fisherman966
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

For many years we have had the pleasure of living on our beautiful Northland Coast and sailing this area extensively. Every time we go to the Poor Knights Islands I am enthralled all over again, the clarity of the water, the abundant fish life, the sounds of the birds, it is all just so beautiful. I would encourage every visitor... More 

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Thank Grammy554
Whangarei, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Having explored extensively underwater this amazing marine reserve, I would have to encourage non scuba divers of all ages to visit this glorious place as well, there is something there for you too. A blaze of red Pohutukaka flowers in summer to the calm clear water so often found in winter, Poor Knights never fails to impress. Swim, kayak take... More 

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Thank Virgo248
Stockholm, Sweden
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I went on a snorkeling trip from Tutukaka out to the marine reserve and had a great time in March 2015. It was the end of the season, few people and very windy, so you needed a bit of strength to go where you wanted in the water. Saw lots (lots!) of pink and blue fish (forgot the name), lots... More 

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Thank Mahline
Whangarei, New Zealand
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

For weeks, we'd heard how wonderful Te Poor Knights were. But it takes more than rumors to move us! So we checked it out, taking 24 people on our POWERCAT, followed by 29 friends on PWCs. And what a day! The water was an amazing purple-blue, surrounding sheer cliffs overgrown with dense vegetation. Of course, the main attraction was the... More 

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Thank Marie D
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I have now been out to the Poor nights several times and what a day. Beautiful, water, fish, islands. This place is very special and must be cherished. I would recommend this to any one who loves the environment should go there.

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Thank kiwi2k1
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This is a remarkable fishing reserve that has spectacular rock formation, awesome diving and exploring. There is an area called nursery cove that has an abundance of tropical and local very large fish that are so tame they come up to nibble at your fingers. There is a huge cave that the boats are able to enter into. The formation... More 

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Thank Sandra N
Christchurch, New Zealand
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62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Divers will rave about the underwater life but even as a humble snorkeller with limited skills you will see amazing fish. As you just hang on the surface they are unfazed and even big snapper will come and check you out. Above water the cliffs and pohutukawas also offer photographic opportunities only surpassed by the water colour coming into the... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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90 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

No words can describe the magic of this place. I have snorkeled in many different countries but this is special. Don't think twice, this is a must do.

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