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
  • Marine reserves
    Protect our marine reserves

    They are special places that protect the species and habitats within them.

    • 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
    • Call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) to report any illegal activity

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Find things to do Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve


Bird watching

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

Kayaking and canoeing

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!

Record your observations

Go to NatureWatch NZ and post observations of species you see here. 

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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 3796476
    Address:   Shed 19 Princes Wharf
    137 Quay Street
    Auckland 1010
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