Poor Knights Island

Poor Knights Island, photo by Peter Southwood
Poor Knights Island (photo by Peter Southwood)
 

The Poor Knights Islands are a group of islands off the east coast of the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand.

Uninhabited since the 1820s, they are a nature reserve and popular underwater diving spot. The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve surrounds the island. They were named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.

Separated from mainland New Zealand, the Poor Knights Islands are influenced by a warm current that originates in the Coral Sea, north of Australia. Water temperature is higher, and visibility significantly greater than in nearby coastal waters.

Tropical and subtropical life forms have become established among the diverse and multiple environments formed by the island’s volcanic origins.

NOTE: Landing on the island is only allowed with a permit from the Department of Conservation.  Tutukaka is the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
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In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka

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Purring Ocean Views

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Marlin Ridge

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The Lighthouse Lookout

The Lighthouse Lookout

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Rocky Bay Apartment

Rocky Bay Apartment

Rocky Bay Apartment offers accommodation in Tutukaka, 23 km from Whangarei. Guests benefit from balcony and a barbecue. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Highlights:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

World's Largest Sea Cave

Rikoriko Cave is the world's largest sea cave -- an amazing 7,900,000 cubic feet in total, with over a hectare of sea surface area inside the cave itself, all of it painted with lichen and moss. The inside acoustics are extraordinarily good. Rikoriko means dancing light in Maori and the light reflected from the water seems to dance on the roof of this cavernous natural wonder.

The 11 million year old Islands’ volcanic origins provide myriad other spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels.
Diving
Diving at Poor Knights is a microcosm of underwater diversity, with precipitous walls of rock, dense kelp forests, sand gardens, giant sea caves and massive underwater caverns where fish find shelter in the rocks while giant black stingrays gather in archways to meet before they mate.

The islands are remnants of ancient volcanoes which erupted in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the remaining cliffs leap 100m sheer from the waves and plunge an equal depth below. Iconic amongst the unique flora and fauna that thrive here is the tuatara, the world’s only surviving dinosaur.
Snorkeling
While opportunities to see deep water life are limited by snorkeling equipment, the advantage for snorklers is that it makes it easy to take in the unique above-water features in the area. Water clarity is also good enough to see many underwater features even near the surface. Tutukaka is the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve.
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