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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-434 3867
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A swim in the garden

It was the perfect place for a perfect day. With plenty of fishes and caves and crevices to explore... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beautiful place for diving and snorkeling

Initially tried to fit both Austrailia - Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand in a two-week trip... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Preeti R
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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.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Whangarei, New Zealand
Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-434 3867
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the perfect place for a perfect day. With plenty of fishes and caves and crevices to explore it's a good place to do some snorkeling. Even on the paddle board and kayak you can see the blue fishes feed in schools on the...More

Thank KimvdHorst
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially tried to fit both Austrailia - Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand in a two-week trip which is insane. Worried about the massive bleaching of coral reefs due to global warming so was excited to discover that Poor Knights Island was considered top 3...More

Thank Preeti R
Reviewed 7 November 2017

A full days trip, leaving at 08.30am and returning at 4.00pm. We enjoy our trip with the crew of El Tigre who were informative and really took care of us for the day. A great diving experience and would recommend this trip to everyone.

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Absolutely amazing. You don't have to be a diver to experience this place: lots more to do...kayaking, sneorkelling, paddleboarding or just enjoying the wonderful scenery of these islands. A true gem in the crown of the Tutukaka Coast:

Thank David S
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Its an awesome place to snorkel with beautiful clear water and plenty of fish to see. The caves are great too.

1  Thank dianesander2016
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Hope on a Dive Tutukaka boat and head out to the Poor Knights for one of the best scuba diving experiences in the world. If diving isn't your thing then snorkelling is just as good as there is just so much sea life out there....More

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Some of the best diving in New Zealand - visited for the weekend and stayed on a live aboard dive vessel. Not enough time to see all the sites/sights, but would definitely go back for more exploration. Excellent underwater visibility (25 metres) and loads of...More

2  Thank PBandLE
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Who would have thought that snorkeling and diving in NZ would be far better experience than the one at the Great Barrier Reef. It was amazing. Hordes of fish clinging to the walls of the island or just passing through just next to you. The...More

2  Thank Joanna J
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We booked the Perfect Day tour to snorkel the area. Wonderful! We have had the luck to take many a boat ride/tour and found this one to be excellent on all accounts. The boat, crew, equipment, lunch and information given were all top notch and...More

2  Thank K M V
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Gorgeous place. Fabulous protected snorkelling and diving. I recommend 'The perfect day' tours for this. They supply wetsuit, fins, mask luch, Yes, A perfect day. One of Northlands top activities without a doubt.

Thank Daniel F
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Carmen R
22 April 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
22 August 2016|
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Response from Daniel F | Reviewed this property |
'The Perfect Day'.