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)