Tūhua (Mayor Island) is a collapsed volcano on the edge of the continental shelf. The marine reserve surrounding it is a wonderful dive spot, with a mixture of shallow reef and deepwater environments.

Find things to do and places to stay Tūhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve

Jet boating is welcome.

Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve is a popular dive spot. It's renowned for its high water quality, unusual mix of deep sea and subtropical fish, and stunning geological features.

At Orongatea Bay there is a shallow rock platform suitable for snorkelling.

Diving at Tūhua factsheet (PDF, 335K)

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.


Tauranga Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
Postal Address:   PO Box 9003
Greerton West
Tauranga 3142
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