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Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

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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.
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took A Perfect Day boat cruise to visit the Poor Knights, which can only be accessed by boat and cannot be landed upon. The largest sea bridge is here (it used to be London Bridge in Australia's Twelve Apostles until that one fell down),...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sisterbay716
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've visited the Knights for years and it always amazes me. There is great snorkelling and diving and it's a great way to spend time with family and friends. Either by private boat or charter. These islands are unforgetable

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank stevenlynfa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did the Dive Tutukaka Perfect Day Cruise and it was as the name states. Highly recommend. The people on the boat were very professional while being fun. The excellent commentary was delivered as it the captain were a stand up comic.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank belle400
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An extraordinary collection of rocky islands, but the real magic is below the water--a diverse and active world of fish.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank honeybee8280
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went snorkeling with the "Perfect Day" boat. We snorkeled in many different places before and were a little nervous to be disappointed. The place was beyond our expectations. The captain took us to a couple of different places to snorkel (one of them was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KatGib
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Start your leisurely day with a coffee at the launch site before boarding 'Perfect Day', your vessel for the short 45 minute ride to these pristine islands. Your crew will take 'perfect' care of you: lunch all day, multiple activities including snorkelling (wet suit &...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Swazimac
Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

A perfect day is the trip we went on. That is also the best description.... no wait it wasn't perfect it was better than perfect! 😊The whole experience was just so well organized. The crew were 110% great. The trip is one to cross the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank George M
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Various boats offer anything from a fun day out to diving, snorkelling and a scenic boat adventure. We like the Klondyke boats the most, but all of them leave from Tutukaka Marina.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tom M
Reviewed 5 December 2018

Took our adult kids out for the day and had a wonderful time. Have travelled to many countries and snorkled but still feel the Poor Knights is the best. Lots and lots of fish to see even if you can't dive down. Visibility is nearly...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank thesimmos172
Reviewed 18 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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17 February 2019|
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Response from Tom M | Reviewed this property |
Hello Liz, From cbd auckland to tutukaka marina is a 3 hrs drive. Or take bus to whangarei and find transport from there. I wouldn't know of a company doing a transfer from akl to tuts as we are always driving ourselves... More
15 January 2019|
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Response from laurenr0che | Reviewed this property |
Dive Tutukaka are excellent and have a number of boats