Poor Knights Marine Reserve Snorkeling

The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in New Zealand.

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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 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in New Zealand.


Local Contact(s):  DOC (09) 470-3300; Dive Tutukaka / Poor Knights Dive Center + 64 9 4343 867

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling New Zealand" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "New Zealand Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Nov - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.doc.govt.nz/

Article Source:   Best Poor Knights Marine Reserve Snorkeling Review https://www.snorkelingdives.com/?id=24890

GPS:  -35.472114, 174.734341

Date Published:  12/8/2012

Date Updated:  7/22/2016

ID:  24890

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