Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve
Image: Alastair Jamieson, ARC | ©



The Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve protects 500 hectares of the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.

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Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve hosts a range sea birds and waders. Birds you may spot include:

  • red-billed and black-backed gull
  • white-fronted and Caspian tern
  • godwit
  • knot
  • sandpiper
  • South Island pied oystercatcher
  • wrybill

The best way to explore the marine reserve is by kayak or other small boat. Launch your kayak from the boat ramp at the end of Walker Rd in Point Chevalier.

The majority of the reserve is very tidal, so watch out you don't get stuck in the mud!

Protect our marine reserves
  • No fishing of any kind.
  • Don't take or kill marine life.
  • Don't remove or disturb any marine life or materials.
  • Don't feed fish - it disturbs their natural behaviour.
  • Take care when anchoring to avoid damaging the sea floor.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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