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).
Learn facts about Tapuae Marine Reserve and the marine life within.
Surfing, diving, boating, seal watching and walking are all popular activities in the reserve.
There are no places to stay adjacent to the marine reserve, however, staff at the local visitor centre can provide information about places to stay close by.
Find out how to get to Tapuae Marine Reserve, view a map showing the location and boundaries of the reserve.
The Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area comprises 749 hectares of seabed, foreshore and water around the Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands. It offers some great recreational opportunities.
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