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Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks) are three volcanic rock stacks attached to White Island.

Find things to do and places to stay Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks) Marine Reserve

The underwater scenery and marine life in the marine reserve is spectacular. Underwater visibility is generally excellent due to low levels of sedimentation and run-off, but can drop to less than 6 m during seasonal phytoplankton blooms.

You can snorkel in the lee of the pinnacles and among some reef channels. A number of recognised dive sites are also located within the marine reserve.

Please remember all animals and plants, and the sea bed are totally protected.

  • No fishing, netting, hand gathering, taking or killing of marine life.
  • No polluting, disturbance or damage of marine life or the sea bed.
  • No removal of any natural material from the marine reserve.

Be aware, Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks) were formerly used as a bombing range by the New Zealand Air Force. Most of the ordinance has been removed but some may remain. If you notice anything resembling a bomb or missile in the marine reserve you should not touch it, note its location and inform local DOC staff immediately.

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.


Opotiki Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   easternbop@doc.govt.nz
Address:   70 Bridge Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 326
Opotiki 3162
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