Dive! Tutukaka

Northand – Mid Northland - Tutukaka

Northand – Mid Northland - Tutukaka

Dive! Tutukaka is New Zealand’s premier full-service dive charter operator, servicing the Poor Knights Islands; “the best sub-tropical diving in the world”. Dive! Tutukaka delivers a total experience. There is snorkling for non-divers or just a days cruising to see the stunning islands of the Poor Knights on our vessel ‘Perfect Day’.

About Tutukaka

This sheltered harbour is the gateway to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and the white-sand beaches of the Tutukaka Coast.Located a mere 25 minutes from downtown Whangarei, beautiful Tutukaka Harbour is a stunning full service marina and is where you find Dive! Tutukaka. An area noted not only for the prolific game fishing but also some of the most amazing diving, both aqualung and snorkling. Huge schools of fish abound in the Poor Knights Reserve. Also some unique wreck diving.

Tutukaka is the Maori word for “parrot snaring tree”. The area was renowned for Puriri trees, whose succulent red berries attract parrots and wood pigeons.

The Poor Knights Islands

Twenty three kilometres off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon.They are the remains of a group of ancient volcanoes. Beneath the waves these volcanoes have been hollowed and shaped by the ocean into a web of caves, tunnels and cliffs which Jacques Cousteau rated as one of the top ten dives in the world. From turbulent sunlit waters and kelp forests on the upper reaches of the tumbling ‘giant staircase’, to the dark waters of the islands’ many caves, the Poor Knights offer an extraordinary variety of underwater experiences, including many species of fish life.

The Team

Dive Tutukaka are proud to have a wide range of nationalities in our staff, many of whom have been with us a long time, and all trained to the highest standards. We offer a wide range of PADI dive courses in our private salt water pool, with experienced instructors who have logged thousands of hours underwater. Our instructing staff include marine biologists, naturalists, tech and wreck specialists and award-winning photographers.

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    Stay, Play or Eat Nearby

    Tutukaka Holiday Park

    285 Matapouri Rd, Tutukaka, Northland

    Grant Allen


    Tutukaka Holiday Park is a campground situated in the hub of Northland and the gateway to the Poor Knights.
    Your host Grant Allen welcomes you to the park thats situated in a scenic valley just 20 km from Whangarei on the beautiful eastern Tutukaka coastline. We are only metres from the marina/boat ramp and the gateway to the Poor Knights Marine reserve. With spectacular beaches and coastal walks in the area there is always something to do.
    Ensuite cabins, self contained cabins, powered and tent sites. Walk to marina and restaurants.

    Lodge 9

    9 Rona Place, Tutukaka, Northland

    Jeroen & Kate


    Perfectly adjacent to Dive Tutukaka and the Marina, restaurants.

    Marlin Ridge B&B

    29 Marlin Place, Tutukaka, Northland

    Alan & Jan


    Located in one of New Zealand’s most stunning coastal areas we are conveniently located, overlooking the marina with spectacular views down the harbour and out to sea. Own entrance.
    From $170.00 per night for two.

    Pacific Rendezvous

    73 Motel Rd Tutukaka, Northland

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    Pacific Rendezvous is New Zealand’s most spectacularly situated beach motel located at Tutukaka, 25 minutes from Whangarei City. Spectacular site on the headlands of Tutukaka Harbour with tennis courts, swimming pool & spa. The Tutukaka coast offers some of New Zealand’s best beaches and is centrally located in Northland for further day trips to the Poor Knights Islands, the Bay of Islands, Waitangi, Hokianga Harbour, Waipoua Forest or Whangarei City.

    Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka

    11 Marina Rd, Tutukaka

    The friendly team


    Perched on the edge of the renowned Tutukaka Marina, Quality Ocean’s Hotel is ideally situated for access to the Poor Knights where you can experience one of the top dive locations in the world.Relax and unwind in a sanctuary surrounded by all of nature’s beauty Stay, eat, play and work to your heart’s content in a sanctuary surrounded by nature’s captivating beauty. Quality Ocean’s Hotel is your perfect getaway from the rush of the everyday grind.

    Marina Pizza Bar & Grill

    Tutukaka Marina, Northland


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    Marina Pizza Bar & Grill. On the waterfront in Tutukaka’s beautiful marina. Serving hand-made Napoli style pizza’s, pasta and fresh cockles sold by the kg. Fully licensed & family friendly.

    Schnappa Rock Restaurant

    Marina Road, Tutukaka



    Schnappa Rock Restaurant, in the heart of Tutukaka overlooking the marina is an icon for great food and friendly bar, seafood a speciality. Since taking the helm at Schnappa Rock in 2006, Nick Keene and Esther Eves have prided themselves in providing a unique ambience and quality foods in an atmosphere best described as sub tropical escapism.