Tonga Island, Abel Tasman National Park. © Andrea Schaffer

Tonga Island Marine Reserve


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The Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden sand beaches, intimate coves and excellent summer weather.

Tonga Island Marine Reserve lies within the park, covering an area of 1835ha around Tonga Island.

The best snorkelling is among the rocks between Tonga Quarry and Foul Point and scuba diving is most rewarding on the reefs around Tonga Island or in the north of the reserve.

Kayaking, rock-pooling and picnicking around the golden sandy coves at Tonga Island Marine Reserve is an idyllic way to spend a day. There is also a New Zealand fur seal colony on Tonga Island.

Kayakers will often see little blue penguins along this coast and may occasionally be rewarded with an encounter with a pod of dolphins.

There are lots of charters and guided activities you can do in the Abel Tasman area: scenic boat cruises and charters, guided kayaking and walking trips, day and overnight trips, marine mammal watching, conservation tours and more. 

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