In this Herald article from 2016, Kina Scollay (from Our Big Blue Backyard) shares his favourite dive locations in New Zealand including… at number 5, The Poor Knights, Blue Maomao Arch.
“Here’s a dive for the whole family – it makes a lovely snorkel too. Nested in the southern harbour of the Poor Knights islands, this site offers clouds of fish – especially the blue maomao that give the arch its name. When you are under the rock arch, the effect of light coming from the entrance and exit is stunning. At the harbour end, you’ll find slipper lobsters and moray eels. And I’ve had a great time filming outside the western end of the arch where you can see large kingies, stingrays and huge snapper.”.