An icon on Northland’s horizon, the Poor Knights Islands are both a complete Marine Reserve, and a Nature Reserve. They are washed by a warm current that sweeps down from the Coral Sea; with pending World Heritage status, and complete with a diversity in nature that is found nowhere else in the world, unique and endemic species thrive both above and below the water.
The Poor Knights Islands are UNIQUE:
Home to Rikoriko Cave – the World’s Largest Sea Cave
Rated in the ‘Top Three Coastal Destinations on the Planet’ – National Geographic Traveler magazine 2010
Ranked as one of the ‘Top Ten Wildlife Destinations in the World’ – Guardian UK 2010
The Poor Knights were separated from mainland New Zealand by water for tens of thousands of years, this is the land that time forgot. Species have evolved differently, and insects and plants have grown large therefore the birdlife and marine life is prolific. The islands are accessible from Tutukaka which is located 25 minutes drive from Whangarei or 2 3/4 hrs from Auckland or 1 1/2 hrs from the Bay of Islands.
A Perfect Day - Snorkel, Kayak, Paddleboard & Dive:
Aboard Perfect Day, a purpose built multi-cruise boat with all facilities you will enjoy breathtaking scenery with sea arches, the World’s Largest Cave, and sheltered harbours. We are often accompanied dolphins and, in season there are whales, fur seals, or even orca. The birdlife is also plentiful. Enter the warm water from our specially designed swimming platform in the middle of a Marine Reserve, masks and snorkels provided. We provide kayaks and Stand Up paddleboards to paddle around caves, arches and among myriad fish. If you feel less active, there are multiple decks on which to relax, sunbathe, or you can sit inside in comfort while watching a live video-feed to our Fish-Cam. Lunch is included. Crew love sharing their knowledge and passion for this amazing destination with visitors. Check-in 10:30am returns 4:15pm. Operates Nov 1st - May 1st.
Travel 23km in open ocean to the Poor Knights Islands, looking out for sea birds, dolphins and whales. Experience spectacular scenery and a visit to the world’s biggest sea cave. Your Skipper will select your first of two dive sites today according to weather, conditions; we tailor the day to suit you, so you won’t be frustrated, and you won’t be out of your depth. There is time to paddle kayaks around arches and caves before you undertake your second dive of the day, at a different site. Tour departs 8am returns 4pm.