Poor Knights Islands

Our Poor Knights Islands wonderland

Twenty three kilometres off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast and washed by warm currents swept South from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon.

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.

Above and below water, the Islands are abundantly populated with unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life.

Laying claim to an astounding Maori history and the world’s largest sea cave (and only living dinosaur and largest insect) the remarkable Poor Knights thoroughly deserve their protected status.


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Biodiversity ›

Converging warm water currents, a micro -climate and thousands of years of separation from the mainland have resulted in a unique biodiversity.

Pre-European history

Pre-European history ›

The Maori history of the Poor Knights is dramatic, turbulent and astonishing, especially considering the inhospitable nature of the craggy Islands.


Highlights ›

The iconic Poor Knights have a colourful history, from pre-European times to their pending World Heritage status today.


Future ›

Learn about heritage protection, managing threats and sustainable management for tomorrow.

Contact Us

Can’t find what you want? Just ask! Freephone us in New Zealand on
0800 288 882.

Hi Dive Tutukaka team,

Just a quick note to say thanks again for the GREAT day of diving off Poor Knights! I can see why that area was so highly rated by Jacque. It was so great to get back in the water after 4 years. Your professional service and attention to details were the best I have seen since I have been diving. The background on the islands and the plant and animal life was also a nice twist.

Thanks especially to Hemi for running over the basic dive drills and making me feel safe and confident back in the water.

If I ever make it back to NZ, I will definitely come out again. I will also let any diving buddies heading that way to look you guys up.

Chad Lue Choy