Explore Crater Bay

The Three Kings is unusual. It has one of the highest rates of endemism in New Zealand, which is to say the things that live here are found nowhere else.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

In Crater Bay, feathery arms of sargassum weed—unique to these islands—wave in unison, marking the motion of each swell like a hypnotist’s watch. Tangled in the fronds are pink tufts called epiphytes—the only known member of their family in the entire southern hemisphere. Blue maomao flutter in mid-water like a ticker-tape parade.

Episodes From This Location

Spirits’ flight

1 minute / 2018

Explore Catton’s Cave

1 minute / 2018

Discover a kina barren

1 minute / 2018

Fishing up a storm

1 minute / 2018

Irishman’s Garden

1 minute / 2018

Dive with dolphins

1 minute / 2018

Dive Arch Pinnacle

1 minute / 2018

Swim with a stingray

1 minute / 2018

Explore Crater Bay

1 minute / 2018

Fly over Manawatawhi

1 minute / 2018