The reserve is bounded to the south by the industrial suburb of Rosebank Peninsula and to the east by residential Waterview.
There is access to the inner parts of the reserve around Traherne Island on the southern side of the motorway.
This area can be explored at mid-high tide or from a few shoreline points (arrowed on the map) where side roads from Great North Road lead to esplanade reserves, with dinghy access at Walker Rd.
There are good views from the Northwestern Motorway (Te Atatu exit). Stopping on the motorway is not permitted.
Know before you go
Do not take or kill fish, crustaceans (eg crabs, shrimps, prawns), shellfish (eg snails, mussels, oysters, and clams such as cockles and pipis), seaweed, shells or rocks from the beach, or any other marine life within the marine reserve.
Boats, including jet skis, must not exceed five knots within 200 m of land (including shell banks) within the marine reserve area.
Dogs are not allowed in the marine reserve area because they endanger rare birds.
Contaminants being discharged into the reserve at the time of its implementation, meeting all legal requirements may continue if there is continued compliance with any other legal requirements.