Poor Knights Marine Reserve Snorkeling
The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in New Zealand.
Friday 22 July 2016 06:54 GMT
North of Auckland and northeast of Whangarei, the snorkeling at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve is popular for hawksbill turtles, stingrays, snapper, scorpionfish, starry toado and green sea turtles. The Poor Knights Islands are located 23km off the coast. The best time of year for snorkeling is from November to May.
Most snorkelers encounter large quantities of marine life, and many consider it one of the best dives in the world. Advanced divers can try snorkeling through the Blue Mao Mao Arch. There is also huge sea cave called Riko Riko Cave that snorkeling can dive down and surface inside. There is a great echo in the cave.
The main Poor Knights Islands are Tawhiti Rahi Island and Aorangi Island. They can be easily reached by boat from almost any port in Hauraki Gulf and Northland. There are charter boats heading to Poor Knights from Auckland, Leigh, Whangarei, Tutukaka, and Bay of Islands.
To reach Auckland by air, fly into Auckland Airport (AKL), which is located south of Auckland.
Overall, Poor Knights Marine Reserve is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in New Zealand.