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.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • 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.

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About this place

Getting there

The reserve is bounded to the south by the industrial suburb of Rosebank Peninsula and to the east by residential Waterview.

There is access to the inner parts of the reserve around Traherne Island on the southern side of the motorway.

This area can be explored at mid-high tide or from a few shoreline points (arrowed on the map) where side roads from Great North Road lead to esplanade reserves, with dinghy access at Walker Rd.

There are good views from the Northwestern Motorway (Te Atatu exit). Stopping on the motorway is not permitted.

Know before you go

Do not take or kill fish, crustaceans (eg crabs, shrimps, prawns), shellfish (eg snails, mussels, oysters, and clams such as cockles and pipis), seaweed, shells or rocks from the beach, or any other marine life within the marine reserve.

Boats, including jet skis, must not exceed five knots within 200 m of land (including shell banks) within the marine reserve area.

Dogs are not allowed in the marine reserve area because they endanger rare birds.

Contaminants being discharged into the reserve at the time of its implementation, meeting all legal requirements may continue if there is continued compliance with any other legal requirements.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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