New Zealand’s North Island is home to some of the finest sub-tropical diving in the planet, centred around the Poor Knights Islands. The islands' stunning volcanic landscape of arches, sea caves and towering cliffs, combined with clear water and remarkably abundant marine life, make them a mecca for divers from across the globe. Huge populations of mao mao fill the underwater caves, scorpionfish hide amongst the kelp, giant stingrays in their hundreds can be witnessed as they gather to mate and even that ultimate predator of the seas, the Orca can often be encountered around the Poor Knights. Throw in the nearby wrecks of the Tui and the Waikato, and divers have everything they need for an incredible dive experience.
- Stingrays and schooling fish
- Kelp forests, huge caves and dramatic underwater landscapes
- Spotting whales and dolphins - including Orca
Best time to go:
- January to April has warm water and good visibility but if you want the best visibility, come in the summer months from May to September when the water is colder.