Sea tulipPHOTO: Vincent Zintzen | DOC
Our rich and complex marine environment is subtropical to subantarctic and contains over 15,000 known species.
Marine Protected Areas are an important tool in ensuring that our marine biodiversity is maintained in a healthy state.
Marine mammal sanctuaries, marine parks and other tools also protect specific habitats or species.
Find out about and visit New Zealand's marine reserves. You are prohibited from fishing or removing or disturbing any marine life in marine reserves.
Sun on your back, sand between your toes, camping by the sea and swimming in clean water – this is what kiwi life is all about! You can have an amazing holiday around New Zealand’s beautiful marine reserves.
New Zealand marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.
Corals are invertebrate animals belonging to the phylum Cnidaria (from the Greek word 'Cnidos' meaning stinging nettle). There are five main classes of Cnidaria.