Washed by warm currents sweeping south from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon 23km off the Tutukaka Coast. The island’s volcanic origins provide a myriad of spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels, all inhabited by an amazing array of underwater life including seals, dolphins and whales.

The complex underwater landscape is a unique environment and a complete marine reserve. With extraordinary diversity, beauty and density, over 125 species of fish share this environment with soft corals, encrusting sponges, vibrant anemones, ecklonia kelp forests, mating sting rays, gorgonian fans and myriad other life forms. A dive at the Poor Knights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Above the tide line, the islands are equally impressive. Isolated from the mainland for thousands of years a unique blend of plants, animals and insects has evolved, with the world s largest sea cave, the largest insect, and the tuatara, the world s only surviving dinosaur. This is Middle Earth in the Middle of the Ocean. A dramatic Maori history adds to the experience.