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Activities in Fiordland's marine reserves

Diving and snorkelling

Fiordland’s marine reserves offer excellent scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. There are ten marine reserves in Fiordland where all marine life is protected, where you can dive and snorkel all year round.

Jason's nudibranch in the Fiordland Marine Area. Photo: Richard Kinsey.
Jason's nudibranch in the Fiordland Marine Area

Visitors can dive or snorkel in Fiordland’s marine reserves independently or with one of the tourism or charter boat services available.

Read about diver safety in the fiords to get the best out of your Fiordland diving experience. As the fiords are fragile environments, please follow the diver safety and diving care codes.

Scenic and nature tours

There are many opportunities in Fiordland for taking a scenic or nature tour that passes through one or more of Fiordland’s marine reserves. These activities are available year round, with most services operating in Milford Sound/Piopiotahi or Doubtful Sound/Patea.


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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
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Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:      +64 3 211 2400
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