Sea star. Photo: Callum Lilley.

Sea star

The Taranaki coast is well known for its ruggedness and spectacular landforms, and the 1,404 ha Tapuae Marine Reserve covers a classic part of this scenery.

The remains of an ancient volcano sit at the northern end of Tapuae Marine Reserve, visible as a series of islands and rocks (their steep sides continue deep down beneath the water). The southern part of the reserve is typical of the wild Taranaki coast – reef, mud and sand below, and black sand beaches above.

View the Tapuae Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 539K).


Tapuae Marine Reserve adjoins the Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Island Marine Protected Area, south of New Plymouth.

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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 Taranaki places


Ngāmotu / New Plymouth Office
Phone:      +64 6 759 0350
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