View of the mouth of Te Matuku Bay and shell spit
Te Matuku Marine Reserve (690-hectares) protects one of Waiheke Island's largest and least disturbed estuaries and an area outside Te Matuku Bay in the Waiheke Channel.
Te Matuku Bay has many special features. Protected areas on land link native bush with coastal wetlands to the sea. It's one of the few intact estuarine systems like this left in northern New Zealand.
Diverse habitats include saltwater wetlands, broad intertidal mudflats, low lying islands, shell spits, rocky shorelines and the deep water of the Waiheke Channel around Passage Rock. Each of these distinct marine habitats provide homes for particular groups of plants and animals.
View the Te Matuku Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 476K).
Learn about the many marine habitats found in Te Matuku Marine Reserve including saltwater wetlands, broad intertidal mudflats, low-lying islands, shell spits, rocky shorelines and the deep water of the Waiheke Channel around Passage Rock.
People are welcome to visit the Te Matuku Marine Reserve to picnic, swim, snorkel, dive, take photos, kayak and watch birds.
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Find out how to get to Te Matuku Marine Reserve, view a map showing the location and boundaries of the reserve, and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
View a map and find out about the boundaries of Te Matuku Marine Reserve.
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