DOC vessel in Te Matuku Bay. Photo: Aron Katona.

DOC vessel in Te Matuku Bay

This marine reserve consists of saltmarsh, mangroves, small longshore spits, tidal creek habitats and extensive intertidal flats, and represents a rare continuity of conservation from freshwater to briny.

The area is also of historic interest, having been settled since pre-European times (Ngati Paoa), and there is a colonial settler cemetery above the bay.

There is a small oyster farm within the deeper waters of the reserve - this is technically not a part of the reserve, as it was a pre-existing business when the marine reserve was established.

View the Te Matuku Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 476K).


The reserve extends into Tamaki Strait, off the southern end of Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It can be accessed by land and sea.

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1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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