Northland’s Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is one of the best water adventures in New Zealand, says travel guide Lonely Plant.
The Poor Knights reserve has received wide recognition for its beauty and range of dives. Aquatic legend Jacques Cousteau once said it was one of the world’s top 10 diving spots.
“The island’s underwater cliffs drop steeply through crystal waters to form a maze of archways, caves and tunnels adorned with sponges and a vivid array of underwater vegetation. Rays, and a variety of colourful fish not present elsewhere in New Zealand, can be spotted here thanks to the subtropical current from the Coral Sea.” – Lonely Planet.
Lonely Plant’s Top 10 Water Experiences
Diving at the Poor Knights marine reserve
Blackwater rafting in Waitomo
Tongariro River rafting
Kayaking in Okarito Lagoon
Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
Torrent River canyoning
Swimming with seals in Kaikoura
Swimming with dolphins in Akaroa
Source: Lonely Planet’s top 10 list of unmissable aquatic adventures, 2015.