Poor Knights Islands
In 1981, the ocean surrounding the Poor Knights Islands was established as New Zealand's second marine reserve. The marine reserve extends for 800 metres offshore around the Poor Knights Islands, where all marine life is protected.
Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights an ocean of diving has been compressed into a relatively small area. The caves, arches, tunnels and sheer cliffs provide a great variety of habitats to explore. Visitors to the marine reserve are welcome and boating, snorkelling, scuba diving and canoeing are encouraged.
Find out about the size and location of the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, and learn how the reserve came into effect in 1981.
Visitors to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve can enjoy boating, snorkelling, scuba diving and canoeing.
The Poor Knights Islands are a Nature Reserve where landing is not permitted. Tutukaka Harbour offers the closest place to stay and some charter boats offer 'live-a-board' trips to the islands.
Find out how to get to Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, view a map, showing the location and boundaries of the reserve, and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
View a map and find out about the boundaries of the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve.
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