Colourful sponges, some quite large, are found on the deeper reefs
This reserve encompasses the bluffs and rocky shore whose erosion form the base for the famous Nelson boulder bank. It complements the Whakapuaka (Delaware Bay) taiapure to the north.
The name Horoirangi derives from the Maori name of the highest peak (Drumduan) overlooking the reserve. For early Maori, the hilltop was an important indicator of sea conditions: cloud covering the peak signalled imminent bad weather and sea travel was suspended.
View the Horoirangi Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 372K)
Learn about the unique landforms, as well as the plant and animal life found in Horoirangi Marine Reserve.
The reserve is a great place for walking, exploring the intertidal zone, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and boating.
There are no DOC facilities in the immediate area, but private accommodation of all types is widely available.
Find out how to get to the reserve, view a map showing its location and boundaries and and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
View a map and find out about the boundaries of the Horoirangi marine reserve.
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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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