Dive Blue Maomao Arch

Deep under Archway Island is a cavern swarming with blue maomao—a common schooling fish in New Zealand’s north. They seek shelter and protection in these caves, which are wallpapered with vibrant sponges and algae.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic / Richard Robinson

In all, there are 187 species of fish found at the Poor Knights, more than a third of them subtropical, benefitting from the warm East Auckland Current washing down the coast of the North Island.

Episodes From This Location

Snorkel with EMR

1 minute / 2018

Snapper city

1 minute / 2018

Soar above the snapper

1 minute / 2018

Dive Tie Dye Arch

1 minute / 2018

Talking fish

1 minute / 2018

Scooter with a scientist

1 minute / 2018

Tunnel vision

1 minute / 2018

Snapper City

1 minute / 2018

Stingray swarm

1 minute, 30 seconds / 2018

Dive Tie Dye Arch

2 Minutes / 2018

The mystery of the talking fish

3 minutes / 2017

Scooter with a scientist

1 minute / 2017

Dive Blue Maomao Arch

1 minute / 2017