Diving in the Poor Knights Island Marine reserve Area  © taquiman via Flickr

New Zealand Marine Reserves

New Zealand Marine Reserves are areas of the ocean and foreshore which are managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to protect and conserve New Zealand's marine biodiversity. New Zealand's marine reserves contain unique scenery, features and marine life of national and international significance.

At present there are over 30 Marine Reserves in New Zealand waters, and a number of additional Marine Parks and other protected areas. Below is a sample of Marine Reserves from around New Zealand:  

Kermadec Islands

Located NE of Auckland
Sub tropical marine area including corals.

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Poor Knights Islands

Located off Tutukaka
Blend of sub-tropical and temperate species.

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Cape Rodney to Okakari Point

Located North of Auckland
Typical rocky northern coast.

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Te Matuku Bay

Waiheke Island
Large estuary.

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Motu Manawa (Pollen Island) 

Auckland
Mangrove, salt marsh, intertidal habit.

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Long Bay-Okura

Auckland
Sandstones, mudstones, reefs, mangroves.

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Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove)

Coromandel
Reefs & soft sediment area.

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Tuhua (Mayor Island)

Tauranga
Noted underwater scenery, sub-tropical species.
 

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Te Tapuwae o Rongokako 

Gisborne
Subtidal habits.

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Te Angiangi

Hawke's Bay
Northern & Southern marine species, larval rock.

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Kapiti Island

Hawke's Bay
Variety of species, protected marine birds.

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Long Island-Kokomohua

Marlborough
Marine & intertidal ecosystems.

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Tonga Island

Abel Tasman National Park
Coastal forest, granite, rocky subtidal reefs.

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Westhaven-Te Tai Tapu

NW South Island
New Zealand's largest estuary, tidal sandflats.

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Pohatu (Flea Bay)

Banks Peninsula
Marine birds, rocky shores, dolphins.

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Piopiotahi (Milford Sound)

Milford Sound
Black & red corals, unique fresh & saltwater species.

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Te Awaatu Channel (The Gut)

Fiordland
High diversity of species.

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Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara)

Stewart Island
Safehaven for fish, shellfish, seals, penguins & seabirds. Widest range of seaweed in NZ.

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