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’.
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.
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.