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Poor Knights Islands - New Zealand


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A total Marine Reserve and Nature Reserve - and pending World Heritage Site - the 11 million year old Islands’ volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels. There is a huge variety of fish and wild life.

During summer vast numbers of stingray gather in archways to mate, the volcanic structures providing protection by confusing the radar of predatory orca.

Poor Knights is a well know marine reserve in New Zealand and a polular destination for divers. Established in 1981 and no take was in place even before the legislation had come into being. 1890ha. Exposed islands with spectacular underwater scenery including steep rock walls, archways and caves, kelp forest, a mixture of subtropical and warm termpreate fish and invertebrates.
Round the corner is the Waikato a Wreck dive.

More info and video aquaviews.net/scuba-dive-destinations/array-life-poor-knights-islands/

Comments

farrarjr - 6/01/2015 3:40 PM
I went scuba diving here on 12/6/2014. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
MarkGL - 4/08/2012 4:51 PM
Rating Added: 5
Just an awesome dive spot. Viz 80+ft.
Aquaman69 - 9/22/2010 8:17 AM


This is one of the best and diver friendly Dive sites in the world , a totally protected marine reserve , it has everything access is only by charter launch 20 kms off the coast in the Barrier current it has marine life a plenty everything sharks Rays Whales Swordies Hammerheads school here caves tubes that open up to the sky ,a massive cave at 90 ft with a whale skeleton in it ,tunnels arches, pools , put it in your Bucket list of things to do before youy die ! I,ve done 200 plus dives here and found new Tunnels that come out in the Middle of the island .Fish school around you on every dive diving from learners to expert 300 ft plus sheer walls with Black corals and Massive sea fans thousands of years old


Aquaman
Chinajeff1945 - 12/27/2009 5:29 PM
Some of the best diving there is in this pristine preserve. Mammoth schools of Jacks and great swim thrus. Also the air pocket was fun. Do the tip of the North Island as well at Russell. And if you like wrecks, do the Lermontov in the South

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