Multi
Day
Dives

Poor Knights Dive liveaboard

Finally there is a dedicated live-aboard vessel for diving the Poor Knights and beyond. The Poorknights live-aboard is 14m (45 feet) steel launch with comfortable accommodation for 6 guests, spacious saloon, and well equipped galley. Her covered back deck offers a high level of diving convenience and has been designed to suit the needs of divers and photographers.

Jacques Cousteau named the Poor Knights Marine Reserve among the top 10 sub-tropical dive sites in the world.

To get your personalised itinerary within 24 hours.

Why we do it better...

Find out now ›

H-Tab-Group

Itinerary

diving-poorknights-new-zealand_0.jpg

The Boat and Skipper

This is a dedicated live-aboard diving the Poor Knights and beyond. Mazurka (meaning dance on the water) is a 14m (45 feet) steel launch with comfortable accommodation for 6 guests, spacious saloon and well equipped galley. Her covered back deck offers a high level of diving convenience and has been designed to suit the needs of experienced divers and underwater photographers. Her skipper is an experienced Dive Instructor with an intimate knowledge of the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and surrounding areas. Mazurka specialises in live-aboard dive charters offering weekend and extended trips to the Poor Knights and beyond. Group (maximum of 6) and individual bookings are welcome. The philosophy is simple. Combine a comfortable boat, great food, excellent company and unlimited diving at the best sites the Poorknights Islands has to offer and you have the recipe for a great adventure on Mazurka.

The Poorknights Islands

The Poor Knights Marine Reserve, where named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. The warm currents here originate in the Coral Sea, so the water temperature is higher and visibility greater than that of nearby coastal waters. Born from volcanic activity, tropical and sub-tropical life abounds in this unique underwater environment. Caves, tunnels and archways are all home to great schools of friendly colourful fish. 

Diving at the Poor Knights is a unique experience. Not only do you enter the three dimensional world of the undersea, but through the many archways, tunnels and caves, you are entering the very islands themselves. This exploration is not just restricted to experienced divers. Most of the archways and many of the caves are open to the surface providing safe access for all levels of experience. Outside these geological features the diving can be divided into three main types: vertical walls, kelp forests, and sand gardens.

What will you see diving at the Poorknights

Often a combination of some or all of these underwater environments can be experienced on a single dive. In places like South Harbour a swim of 50m will take you from the exquisite beauty of the ‘Magic Wall’, across a forest of gently swaying Ecklonia kelp, through the sand patches of Labrid Channel and into the inner world of Blue Maomao Arch.   A marine reserve since 1981 this subtropical reef system presents a stunning diversity of reef fish, pelagics, sponges, anemonies, nudibranchs and sea weeds The islands are bathed by a warm subtropical current and fish include tropical species such as spotted black groper, mosaic moray and Lord Howe coral fish, which are rarely found elsewhere in New Zealand waters. Reef fish at the Poor Knights include pink and blue maomao, and two-spot demoiselle, kingfish, koheru and trevally

Various Live-aboard options
2 Day Live-aboard Option 

During the 2 days you’ll be able to fit in at least five dives with plenty of time to relax between dives.

3 Day Live-aboard Option

A three day trip gives you that extra bit of time to really get to know the Poor Knights - choose more of the sites you like.

4 Day Live-aboard Option

The 4 day trip gives you the chance to explore the diversity of The Poor Knights Islands with at least 11 dives.

NEW ZEALAND'S DIVING HOTSPOTS First Light Travel Blog_0.png

British Born John Hopkins reviews his 10 day diving adventure with First Light Travel. He reveals his Top New Zealand Diving sites.