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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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“marine life”(14 reviews)
“dive tutukaka”(10 reviews)
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.
Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-434 3867
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 March 2014

This place is amazing. I went on the perfect day boat and went snorkelling. I think it is the best snorkelling spot in New Zealand and you must do it. Not only is it amazing snorkelling with heaps of fish, but the views of the...More

7  Thank Renee G
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Reviewed 5 June 2015

While on our trip in New Zealand, we had planned on having a diving experience like nothing we had ever experienced before. We carefully chose the best diving boat, the best diving instructor, and the best diving location. Being new to the sport, we received...More

5  Thank Robby G C
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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

Thank SanDiegoLovesSnow
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank ArrianeNC
Reviewed 3 October 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. 😍

Thank Lunchbandit
Reviewed 3 October 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!

Thank LaurenT2563
Reviewed 7 August 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.

1  Thank laurenr0che
Reviewed 18 July 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

Thank AylaN_iToursntix
Reviewed 10 July 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

Thank K1W1G1RL
Reviewed 19 June 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

Thank 888sallys62
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

An experience I will never forget, its amazing to see whats out there in our ocean. Its a must do in your lifetime.

Thank 887breeannab
Reviewed 10 April 2018

I loved the diving through the kelp forests but I had a 3mm wetsuit and I needed a drysuit , the water was bitterly cold

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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 DanielF9475 | Reviewed this property |
'The Perfect Day'.