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The Poor Knights Islands are one of the ten most beautiful diving sites of the world. They are situated about 24 km east of the coast of Northland, New Zealand . The area around the Poor Knights Islands was declared a nature reserve in 1981. Visitors can land on the islands only with the special permission of the Ministry of the Environment, but the surrounding waters are entirely accessible. The area of the Poor Knights Islands owes its beauty and diversity to the subtropical currents from the Coral Sea, which make the water warmer than the water near the coast. This is why a lot of tropical and subtropical plants and animals live here. The underwater volcanic activity created many tunnels, arches and caves where we can see spectacular fish and plants. The starting point for cruises and diving on the Poor Knights Islands is the city of Tutukaka , about 25 miles northeast of Whangarei . In Tutukaka , there are many diving schools and a number of sightseeing cruises around the islands start here. The best period for diving on the Poor Knights Islands is from January till May when the water temperature is 20 to 23 °C, and the visibility is good. Nevertheless, diving is possible at any time of year, and it will never disappoint you. If you travel to New Zealand , be sure not to miss this unique experience.

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GPS: -35.4727, 174.7365
Altitude: 1 m
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Last update: 2012-10-11 14:38:35

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