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Poor Knights Islands

Poor Knights Islands

Twenty-three kilometres off Tutukaka you will find the Poor Knights Islands. These islands are an international icon and a diving wonderland.

The Poor Knights Islands are a total Marine and Nature Reserve. 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 teeming with life. Indeed it is the most unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life.

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These islands lay claim to an astounding Maori history and the world’s largest sea cave.  The Poor Knights Islands are furthermore home to the only living dinosaur and largest insect. The remarkable Poor Knights Islands thoroughly deserve their protected status.

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A Perfect Day with Dive! Tutukaka dive boat anchored off Poor Knights Islands

A Perfect Day with Dive! Tutukaka

A Perfect Day with Dive Tutukaka

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. Enjoy sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations and snorkelling. In addition, you can go swimming and sea mammal-spotting.  Grab snippets of fascinating history including Island facts and great food. The boat is incredibly well fitted-out, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating as well as upstairs viewing. The friendly crew are able to assist you with anything you need. There are plenty of toys to use on the water. You can also enjoy 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. There are 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.

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Diver up close with a fish at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve

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

‘SUP BRO’ Stand up paddleboarding

Enjoy a day trip to the Tutukaka Coast where you can try your skills as stand up paddleboarding. SUP BRO offer lessons at the beautiful Matapouri Beach, yoga sessions and much much more. Their Poor Knights experience is a 5-hour trip. This trip will take you into some amazing spots and give you the history, cultural backstory and environmental pointers that will only add to the experience.

Book in for a peaceful, relaxing five (5) hour exploration tour (lunch included) away from the crowds to enable you to be fully immersed in the splendour of the Poor Knights.

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Paddleboard on Matapouri Beach in Tutukaka

Guaranteed fun times trying your skills at stand up paddleboarding.