South Island Pied Oystercatcher. © DOC Creative Commons

Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

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The Motu Manawa–Pollen Island Marine Reserve protects 500 hectares of the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitematā Harbour, adjacent to the Northwestern Motorway.

The island is home to a range of seabirds and waders.You may spot red-billed and black-backed gulls, white-fronted and Caspian terns, godwits, sandpipers, South Island pied oystercatchers and wrybills.

The best way to explore the marine reserve is by kayak or other small boat. You can launch your kayak from the boat ramp at the end of Walker Rd in Point Chevalier. 

Motu Manawa Marine Reserve red billed gull

Red billed gull. © Bernard Spragg Creative Commons

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