Diver with crayfish at Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Photo: Eric Simmons.

Diver with crayfish at Horoirangi Marine Reserve

This reserve encompasses the bluffs and rocky shore whose erosion form the base for the famous Nelson boulder bank. It complements the Whakapuaka (Delaware Bay) taiapure to the north.

The name Horoirangi derives from the Maori name of the highest peak (Drumduan) overlooking the reserve. For early Maori, the hilltop was an important indicator of sea conditions: cloud covering the peak signalled imminent bad weather and sea travel was suspended.

View the Horoirangi Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 372K)


North of Nelson city along the eastern side of Tasman Bay.

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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

Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Motueka Office
Phone:      +64 3 528 1810
Email:   motueka@doc.govt.nz
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