Jason's nudibranch

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves range in size from 93 to 3,672  hectares, and in total include over 10,000 hectares of inner fiord marine habitat. The reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of natural environments protected from the peaks of mountains to great depths of the fiords.

The marine reserves include a huge variety of habitats and species like sponges, lampshells, and a wide range of fish. They also contain some of the world's biggest populations of black coral trees that can be over 300 years old and are home to brittlestars that can only live entwined in the branches of these underwater trees.


Fiordland's marine reserves are found from Milford Sound in the north to Preservation Inlet on the southwest of the South Island.

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Didymo controls in Fiordland National Park


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

Alerts for Fiordland places


More information on these marine reserves in Fiordland is available from:

Te Anau Office
Phone:      +64 3 249 0200
Email:   teanauadmin@doc.govt.nz
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Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:      +64 3 211 2400
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
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