Things to do
Ulva Island, in Stewart Island Rakiura’s Paterson Inlet, has crystal clear waters teeming with fish, penguins and a variety of marine flora. Read the story . . .
Tūhua (Mayor Island) is a collapsed volcano on the edge of the continental shelf in the Bay of Plenty. It's a wonderful dive spot, with a mixture of shallow reefs and deep-waters. Read the story . . .
Tonga Island Marine Reserve lies within the Abel Tasman National park and covers an area of 1835ha around Tonga Island. Read the story . . .
Te Tapuwae o Rongokako north of Gisborne on the North Island’s east coast is home to eight different marine habitats including inshore reef, rocky intertidal platforms and sediment flats. Read the story . . .
Te Matuku Marine Reserve protects one of Waiheke Island’s largest and least disturbed estuaries. Read the story . . .
Te Angiangi Marine Reserve protects a piece of the Central Hawke’s Bay coast and is a great spot for diving and snorkelling. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Tararua. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Gisborne. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Matakana. Read the story . . .
Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington’s city centre and offers snorkelling, diving and walking opportunities. Read the story . . .
The 1404ha Tapuae Marine Reserve, on the rugged Taranaki coast hosts a diverse and flourishing range of sea life. Read the story . . .
The underwater caves, arches and sheer cliffs at the Poor Knights provide diving so good, Jacques Cousteau rated it as one of the top ten dives in the world. Read the story . . .
Many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals hang out at Pōhatu Marine Reserve on Banks Peninsula, home to both penguin and seal colonies. Read the story . . .