Hidden Treasures of the North Part 1: Poor Knights Islands

Hidden Treasures of the North Part 1: Poor Knights Islands

Work hard, party harder! These are often the posts we see on Facebook when friends get the chance to enjoy a night out or a weekend away after a long work week. Indeed, every person deserves a break once in a while. Our chance to enjoy a good holiday was during the Auckland Anniversary long weekend wherein we took the opportunity to explore the Tutukaka Coast (including Poor Knights Island, Matapouri Bay, Whale Bay, Sandy Bay, and Mermaid Pools) in Whangarei.

From Auckland, it usually takes around 2.5 hours to travel by car. But due to the rush hour traffic at 7:30 in the morning and road works everywhere, it took us more than 3 hours to reach the Dive! Tutukaka office at Marina Road where we had to register for the the Perfect Day cruise (and where the cruise fees {$169/adult} are paid). We arrived at 10:45 am and the vessel left the dock at 11:00 am.

On-board the perfect day.

The first stop for our long weekend adventure is Poor Knights Islands. It is a group of islands which have been categorized as a marine reserve; which meant that you are only allowed to bring home photos and memories. Fishing, docking, and even tramping are not possible. Regardless of the aforementioned information, exploring the surrounding structures while on board the vessel, snorkeling, and kayaking was still a remarkable experience.

One of the archways. (Pardon our inability to remember the name.)

The trip duration was roughly five hours. This included the travel time to and from the marina, lunch (sandwiches, soup, and hot drinks), activities like snorkeling and kayaking (all the gear was provided), and sightseeing.

Double and single kayaks. (Life jackets are also provided if required)



The overall experience was incredible. It was indeed the “perfect” start to our holiday!

Spotted a school of Trevally while cruising back to the marina.


The Poor Knights Islands and A Perfect Day cruise is the perfect combination when you visit the Tutukaka Coast.

Safe Travels!

Kay & Gelo

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