Snorkel tour at Taputeranga Marine Reserve.

Snorkel tour at Taputeranga Marine Reserve

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This reserve spans the coast along some of Wellington’s southern suburbs, and is easy to reach by city bus. No two days are the same at Taputeranga - the weather is changeable and the water churns through Cook Strait, creating a moody and complex undersea environment.

It lies at the meeting place of two oceanic currents and is home to a richly varied mixture of animals and plants. It is particularly popular with crabs, lobsters, starfish and octopus. Kelp plants up to 20 m tall grow in sheltered places.

Sinclair Head and Red Rocks Scientific Reserves can be found 1 km west of Taputeranga. Sinclair Head/Te Rimurapa is a winter haul-out for the New Zealand fur seal.

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Taputeranga Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 1,500K)


Taputeranga Marine Reserve is located on the Wellington south coast, approximately 6 km from the city centre.

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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

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Pōneke / Wellington Office
Phone:      +64 4 470 8412
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Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
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