Archway Island on the southern end of the Poor Knights

Sailing and Diving the Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

After heading back into Whangarei to have a new floor welded on our stainless diesel tank, we managed to escape and headed back out for more exploration!  A morning hike out to Bream Head was followed by an afternoon sail to Tutukaka for the night.  The next morning we set sail for the Poor Knights Islands, a marine preserve located 12nm offshore.  After sailing past what we have been told is the largest sea arch in the southern hemisphere we dropped anchor in the lee of Aorangi Island, within spitting distance of the rocky cliff face.  Some future charter guests arrived and rafted to Quixotic.  We all donned dive gear to explore the beautiful kelp forests and swim with the schools of fish that are lucky to call this place home. After the dive, and a delicious lunch on Quixotic, we all toured an enormous sea cave (we’ve been told it’s the largest in the world) that you could almost fit a small cruise ship inside!

The afternoon saw us sailing north to Whangamumu Harbour, where we are currently anchored.  Looks like we will sail north in a day or two back into the Bay of Islands to finish passage prep for the sail north back to Fiji.

Hope everyone is having a nice long holiday weekend!

Lewis & Alyssa

Anchored in Urquharts Bay, in what was once a big volcanic caldera
Anchored in Urquharts Bay, in what was once a big volcanic caldera
Smugglers Cove
Smugglers Cove
Bream Head
Bream Head
Archway Island on the southern end of the Poor Knights
Archway Island on the southern end of the Poor Knights

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Clean bottom!  And our Fijian keel is still looking good and going strong!
Clean bottom! And our Fijian keel is still looking good and going strong!
The first time in over a year I have gone diving for fun and not boat maintenance!
The first time in over a year I have gone diving for fun and not boat maintenance!
The entrance to the "world's largest" sea cave named Rikoriko
The entrance to the “world’s largest” sea cave named Rikoriko
View from inside looking out
View from inside looking out

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Sailing north with the Poor Knights in our wake
Sailing north with the Poor Knights in our wake
Quixotic at rest in Whangamumu Harbour
Quixotic at rest in Whangamumu Harbour

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