Hautai begins just south of Longridge Point and is New Zealand’s most remote mainland marine reserve PHOTO: Andris Apse ©
Image: Andris Apse | ©



Hautai is New Zealand’s most remote mainland marine reserve - two days’ walk from the nearest road end, in an area with no formed walking tracks. Its purpose is to protect representative marine habitats and animals of the southern West Coast.

Find things to do and places to stay Hautai Marine Reserve

Hautai Marine Reserve is home to marine mammals and birds, including kekeno/NZ fur seals, tawaki/Fiordland crested penguins, and blue penguins, which are abundant here.

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.


Awarua/Haast Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 750 0809
Email haastvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast 7886
Hours See visitor centre hours
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