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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Northland > Poor Knights Islands

Poor Knights Islands

The Pacific Ocean around the Poor Knights Islands is home to New Zealand’s most diverse range of marine life, which includes a colourful mix of sub-tropical and tropical fish. Common species include rays, Moray eels and Kingfish (some as big as 40kg).


This marine reserve was famously named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, thanks to its rare subtropical fish species, sponge gardens and gorgonian fields, underwater caves and arches, and incredible visibility.


Whangarei and Tutukaka, 30 minutes drive from Whangarei, are the main places to organise trips out to the islands.


Companies that organise dive trips include:

Knightdiver

30 Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei
Tel (09) 436 2584 or 0800 766 756
Website www.poorknights.co.nz
Full day trip with two dives $190; snorkelling trip $90

Dive Tutukaka

Marina Road, Tutukaka
Tel (09) 434 3867 or 0800 288 882
Website www.diving.co.nz
Full day trip with two dives $225; snorkelling trip $130

Poor Knights Divers

Unit 11, Oceans Resort, Tutukaka Marina, Tutukaka
Tel (09) 434 4678
Website www.pkdive.co.nz
Full day trip with two dives $215; snorkelling trip $115


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