Short-tail stingray.

Short-tail stingray

This is arguably one of the best dive sites in the country. The Volkner Rocks are three volcanic rock stacks attached to White Island (an active volcano) by a submarine ridge known as the Whakaari High. They rise 112 m above sea level in a stark and forbidding group. Beneath the water they are colourful and prolific.

Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks) Marine Reserve was created in 2006, and covers 1267 ha in a rough circle around Volkner Rocks.


The reserve is located in the Bay of Plenty 55 km north/north east of Whakatane, and 5 km north west of White Island.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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