Underwater wonders of the Poor Knights - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Poor Knights Islands.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Poor Knights Islands in the Video tab.

A diving mecca that includes the world’s largest sea cave, the Poor Knights Islands are also home to some rare wildlife species. The islands were declared sacred and abandoned by their Ngāti Wai occupants in the early 19th century after the tribe was attacked by Ngāpuhi.

Related web links:
Whāngārei Harbour and north
Poor Knights marine reserve
Poor Knights lily
Nearshore islands
The Poor Knights Islands


Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number 30896).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way - their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/