Snorkelling at Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Tonga Island Marine Reserve runs alongside one of New Zealand’s most popular national parks, the Abel Tasman. A thriving local tourist industry supports all the marine activities, and visitors can easily combine land and sea adventures in their holiday.
The area is renowned for its golden sand beaches, intimate coves, and excellent summer weather. There is a New Zealand fur seal colony on Tonga Island.
Find out about the region, and book accommodation, guided trips and experiences.
View the Tonga Island Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 240K).
Tonga Island Marine Reserve has sandy beaches, bouldery headlands and reefs, small estuaries and sand-mud seafloor.
Swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking are popular activities in the marine reserve.
Get information on the DOC huts and campsites near Tonga Island Marine Reserve.
Find out how to get to the reserve, and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Tonga Island Marine Reserve.
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.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places