You will see many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals at Pōhatu Marine Reserve, which hosts both penguin and seal colonies. Its rock pools contain dense communities of the smaller sea creatures, and beneath the waves it has a wide range of water depths and seabed types.
This combination of interesting topography and abundance, both above and below the waterline, make Pōhatu well worth a visit in spite of its remoteness.
The drive to Pōhatu is rough and should only be attempted by 4WD, but it reveals a scenic view around every corner, before descending to the sheltered waters of Flea Bay. Kayakers and boaties can explore a more dramatic landscape of sheer cliffs and sea caves not visible from land.