Snakestar on Black coral, Fiordland Marine Area
Fiordland’s ten marine reserves range in size from 93 to 3,672 hectares, and in total include over 10,000 hectares of inner fiord marine habitat. The reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of natural environments protected from the peaks of mountains to great depths of the fiords.
The marine reserves include a huge variety of habitats and species like sponges, lampshells, and a wide range of fish. They also contain some of the world's biggest populations of black coral trees that can be over 300 years old and are home to brittlestars that can only live entwined in the branches of these underwater trees.
Learn about all 10 of Fiordland's marine reserves that together encompass over 10,000 hectares of inner fiord marine habitat.
Diving, fishing and boating are all great ways to see this unique place, but the fiords are fragile so please use care when visiting.
Southwest New Zealand is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere.
Learn how to protect Fiordland's marine reserves, view a map showing its location and boundaries and make sure you know the diving care code.
View maps and get the WSG84 boundary coordinates for all of the marine reserves in Fiordland.
Weather and climate in Fiordland
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Didymo controls in Fiordland National Park
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Fiordland places
More information on these marine reserves in Fiordland is available from: