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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-434 3867
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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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“dive tutukaka” (10 reviews)
“fish life” (6 reviews)
LOCATION
Whangarei, New Zealand
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+64 9-434 3867
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"dive tutukaka"
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"largest sea cave"
in 7 reviews
"fish life"
in 6 reviews
"snapper"
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"new zealand"
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"jacques cousteau"
in 4 reviews
"boat ride"
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"manta rays"
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"kelp forests"
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"wet suits"
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"day cruise"
in 2 reviews
"paddle boarding"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful clear water"
in 2 reviews
"wonderful scenery"
in 2 reviews
"dive conditions"
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"underwater paradise"
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"dive shop"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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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.

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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

2  Thank ALWALEED A
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

worth the price we paid for a family of 4. We booked the Perfect Day cruise. thats the one to take if u r not a swimmer or diver and want to experience the whole thing like a diver would. I did a lot of...More

1  Thank love2travel843
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Fantastic Day and full of interest. Money well spent and highly recommended. The swimming was awesome as were all the different fish. Great staff and a lovely buffet lunch. One of the highlights of my visit to New Zealand

1  Thank Weandre
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Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

Fantastic dive sites with a chance of seeing manta rays, dolphins, sharks and tons of other fishes. Water is generally colder, so 5 or even 7mm wetsuit is recommended.

Thank travelbysuitcases
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

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

4  Thank Preeti R
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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
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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
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Response from Daniel F | Reviewed this property |
'The Perfect Day'.
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