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Scuba Diving in the Poor Knights, New Zealand
Dive Site: Northern Arch
Location: Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand
Description: Offshore islands
Depth: 40 metres (130 feet)
Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)
This is such a great dive site. Often voted as the top site at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve - New Zealands premier dive location.
It's not a site that can be dived all the time - certain conditions and times make diving there fairly hairy but when the conditions are right it is superb indeed. As the name suggests it is an arch at the northern end of Tawhiti Rahi island. The archway is famous for the congregation of stingray that are often found in the archway. Yet in recent years these have been less and less. The walls of the arch are what I was in awe of with amazing gorgonian life and a miriad of encrusting life and fish life. Truly superb indeed.
Martin Ward, PADI Rescue Diver
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