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Perfect Day Ocean Cruise

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Address: Marina Road, Tutukaka 0173, New Zealand
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+64 9-434 3867
10:30 - 04:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 04:30
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An icon on Northland’s horizon, the Poor Knights Islands are both a...

An icon on Northland’s horizon, the Poor Knights Islands are both a complete Marine Reserve, and a Nature Reserve. The Perfect Day’s half-day cruise takes you snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in sub-tropical waters, sightseeing into the World's largest sea-cave and through spectacular arches. With a dramatic volcanic backdrop and turbulent Maori history, teaming schools of fish and bird life, this is a day you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Perfect Day indeed!

A trip with #DiveTutukaka to the #PoorKnights island was the best part of our #NewZealand trip. We had a great time with the Perfect Day team who made my non-swimmer husband... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rima J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A trip with #DiveTutukaka to the #PoorKnights island was the best part of our #NewZealand trip. We had a great time with the Perfect Day team who made my non-swimmer husband snorkel, he was so happy that day! ( I still miss that face). We'd actually booked Yukon Dive (they don't even have an office) who refused to accommodate us... More 

Thank Rima J
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Not the best day for a visit, overcast & 12 knot southerly. Our skipper spent some time finding the best swimming spot for the weather conditions. Visibility was good but the depths were dark, abundance of small fish with the odd larger snapper & kingfish. Spotted a couple of sunfish jumping on the east side of the island. They provide... More 

Thank Chimp R
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The tour was professionally run, the ship spacious and not too crowded. Good explanation was given with regard to the surroundings. The supplied equipment - snorkels, flippers, wet suits - were of high quality and well maintained and clean. The ship anchored between the islands in a somewhat sheltered area and significant attention was given to safety. The under water... More 

Thank Cornelis J
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Had a fantastic day with super friendly and helpful crew. Cobalt blue water unlike anywhere else in NZ

Thank peterneilson344
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Day trip on the boat is from 11am till 4pm. It takes about an hour to reach Poor Knights island where you can snorkel, kayak, use a reef board or even dive. The islands are really beautiful. The water is cold so a wet suit is advised. Staff aboard are very friendly and go the extra mile. My daughter is... More 

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I went on the perfect day cruise solo, slightly apprehensive about being alone but more than happy doing so! I shouldn't have worried - the team on board were amazing! There weren't many of us (only about 11, compared to 70 odd on a non-rainy day) so they were able to get to know us all on a personal level... More 

Thank Gemzyyyyyyy
Salmon Arm, Canada
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Like the name of the boat we really dd have a perfect day. The crew were so friendly and attentive - loved visiting the cave and tunnel - very exciting! The snorkelling was amazing. Really a most perfect day!

Thank Caroline M
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect trip. Everyone went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. I snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded and swam. Lunch was great. Unlimited tea, coffee,hot chocolate and soup. We came across a sun fish which was beautiful to watch. Loved every minute.

Thank julieQ6900EF
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We did the Perfect Day excursion on the recomendation of a friend. It was not quite perfect because the weather was not ideal but we still had an amazing day. The crew are fantastic and the Poor Knights are brilliant - truly an special experience. At the day was capped off by seeing dolphins & a whale on the return... More 

Thank CJD57
Maleny, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have been wanting to do this trip for many years, and this time we were in the area, the weather was forcast to be perfect, so we went for it. In a word PERFECT. the boat left Tutukaka on time, and we were already given our wet-suit and snorkeling gear. The on board comentary was well done and the... More 

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