Half an hour north-east of Whangarei, Tutukaka is the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. The Poor Knights have been rated as one of the top-ten dive sites in the world with clear waters and an abundance of sea life. The world's largest sea cave can be found here; it is an amazing 7,900,000 cubic feet, with over a hectare of sea surface area inside the cave itself!
The Poor Knights have a rich cultural history and were home to a local Maori tribe (Ngati Wai). But since their bloody massacre in 1822 the islands have been labelled tapu (sacred), with no one allowed to set foot ashore thus becoming a very special Nature Reserve.
Other ‘ocean’ related activities in the area include, kayaking, sailing, game fishing, cruises and snorkelling. There are also tracks, walks, horse riding and a golf course close by.
Things we know that you would love doing whilst you are here
Happy Hooker Charters
Click on Lew from Happy Hooker with his small Snapper, to have a look at some amazing video and to see his website on fishing here at Tutukaka. Lew will take you and your friends out for a wonderful day fishing. From first time fishing to those who are experienced, Lew is your man. After you have caught your catch bring it into our experienced Chefs or use the free BBQ by our pool to taste your success! If the fish are not playing the game then remember that Oceans has fresh seafood on the menu!
A very special day-trip, Perfect Day offers the ultimate non-diving Poor Knights Islands experience, with sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations, snorkeling, swimming, sea mammal-spotting, snippets of fascinating history and Island facts and great food. The boat is incredibly well fitted-out, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, upstairs viewing, plenty of facilities and the fabulous ‘fish cam’ feeding live underwater shots right into the boat.
Please click on the image to be directed to their website.
Tutukaka Surf Company will introduce you to this awesome part of New Zealand and help you experience the magic that is surf riding, in a safe environment, with qualified coaches. When you come back in Tutukaka Surf Company have a fabulous Shop located in the same building as Oceans Resort Hotel, catering for all your surfing, clothing and home retail needs. Our staff love this shop and we know you will too, and when it comes to learning to surf, reigniting a surfing love or bringing your love of surfing to the Tutukaka Coast, then this is the team for you!
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