Introduction

Find out about the five marine reserves on the West Coast and see a map of where they are located.

The wild ocean of the South Island’s west coast is a taonga as precious as its grand landscapes, and in this part of the country the environmental connection between land and sea is largely unbroken.

The West Coast’s five marine reserves all lie alongside national parks, creating a rare seamless connection from the mountains to the sea, allowing the many species which depend on this link to thrive here.


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