Snorkel tour at Taputeranga Marine Reserve
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.
Learn more about the Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
Diving, snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, surfing, study and photography are among activities that can be enjoyed in Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
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Find out how to get to Taputeranga Marine Reserve, view a map, showing the location and boundaries of the reserve, and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
View a map and find out about the boundaries of Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
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