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Poor Knights Islands

Poor Knights Islands – a Diving Wonderland

Twenty three kilometres off Northland’s East Coast, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon.

A total Marine Reserve and Nature Reserve – and pending World Heritage Site – the 11 million year old Islands’ volcanic origins provide a myriad of spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels.

Above and below water, the Islands are abundantly populated with unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life.

Laying claim to an astounding Maori history and the world’s largest sea cave (and only living dinosaur and largest insect) the remarkable Poor Knights thoroughly deserve their protected status.

 

A Perfect Day with Dive! Tutukaka

A Perfect Day with Dive! Tutukaka

A Perfect Day with Dive Tutukaka

A Perfect Day – with Dive Tutukaka – The Poor Knights Islands are spectacular; there is as much to see and do above the water as there is down below.

Take command of a kayak, or don mask and snorkel, and find a whole other way to discover the Islands.

This very special day-trip, Perfect Day offers the ultimate non-diving Poor Knights experience, with sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations, snorkeling, swimming, sea mammal-spotting, snippets of fascinating history and Island facts and great food. The boat is incredibly well fitted-out, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, upstairs viewing, plenty of facilities and the fabulous ‘fish cam’ feeding live underwater shots right into the boat.

Air conditioned comfort and ample shade from the sun, or you can relax and get a tan! Furthermore the indoor outdoor flow allows for maximum viewing, with two levelled decks to get that better perspective and a great photo!

A Perfect Day runs from November to May; departs 11:00am and returns 4:15pm

Depart Ara Roa at 9:15 am for a scenic 65 min drive to Tutukaka.

View the Dive! Tutukaka website

Diving at Poor Knights Marine Reserve

Diving at Poor Knights Marine Reserve – photo courtesy of Destination Northland

Kayaking at Poor Knights with Dive! Tutukaka

Kayaking at Poor Knights with Dive! Tutukaka

Wreck diving - 2014 image courtesy of Dive Tutukaka

Wreck diving – 2014 image courtesy of Dive Tutukaka