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The Poor Knights Islands are located 22 km off the east coast of Northland. They are the remains of a group of ancient volcanoes. Beneath the waves, these volcanoes have been hollowed and shaped by the ocean into a web of caves, tunnels, and cliffs which Jacques Cousteau rated as one of the top ten dives in the world.

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Because of their incredible form and biodiversity, the sea surrounding the islands has been a marine reserve since 1981.

The Poor Knights offer a huge array of marine life that can be seen over long distances because of the spectacular visibility. There are sponge gardens and gorgonian fields inhabited by a myriad of fish, shellfish, urchins and anemones. The islands’ famous arches are fascinating to explore, with countless animals competing for space on the walls. In the warmer months, squadrons of stingrays can be seen cruising the waters of the archways. Many of the subtropical fish living in the marine reserve are found nowhere else in New Zealand. They include subtropical species such as spotted black groper, mosaic moray and Lord Howe coral fish. The fish are known for their friendliness and make visiting the marine reserve a very memorable experience.

To enjoy your charter more, why not take an SSI Marine Ecology course online before you go and learn about the environment you dive in?


Our single day charters include two tank dives and weights. Customers are meet at Tutakaka and taken to the Poor Knights on our boat Midnight Diver.

Rated as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, the Poor Knights Islands have everything you expect to see on a dive, stunning visibility and plenty of marine life. Not to mention the amazing arches to swim through. Why not ling a second day and dive the shipwrecks, the Tui and Waikato, that are also in Tutakaka.


Diving is an adventure activity that includes risk to your person. Under New Zealand law we are we required to notify you of the following statement.

You accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to breathing compressed gas, marine traffic, marine life, decompression sickness, drowning, barotrauma, air embolism, decompression illness, dehydration, gas narcosis, malfunctioning equipment, ear problems, sun damage, hyperthermia, hypothermia, sea sickness, and adverse weather events.

These activities are run in the outdoors on the ocean, so may be exposed to sudden natural disasters such as, but not limited to Tsunami, Earthquakes, Slips Landslides or Rock Falls, or Volcanic Eruption. I am aware that participating in the activities offered by New Zealand Diving Limited can be hazardous even if they are conducted with care, control, and responsibility. You acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.



Please read our terms & conditions found on our website page, frequently asked questions before booking:

Sometimes our activities may have to be rescheduled due to situations outside of our control, such as poor weather. Please note we reschedule in such situations, as described in our terms and conditions.

Overseas participants are advised to carry travel insurance in case rescheduling is unsuitable.

All participants must be of good health and complete a medical declaration. This is available on our website:

All participants must be diving certified to dive on a charter or undergoing a diving course with New Zealand Diving Limited.

All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m, unassisted.


Our day starts at the marina in Tutukaka. Divers meet at around 09:00 to head out to the islands.

One dive is conducted in the morning and one in the afternoon. A surface interval will be conducted in between.

Dives will be taken at two different sites during the day. Customers can expect to be back at Tutukaka by 16:00.


Remember to bring an appropriate change of clothes, lunch or snacks, water and sunscreen. Dive gear is provided.



The Poor Knights are one of the top dive destinations in the world. We have provided three different ways for you to choose from to see them.: A singe day charter, a part of our unique dive combination package or on our spectacular 2 day liveaboard. Select you preferred option below

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • Poor Knights Island Diving Charter
  • 1 Day
  • $300.00


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