Colourful sponges, some quite large, are found on the deeper reefs
Situated 12km north of Nelson city, Horoirangi Marine Reserve extends north-east from Glenduan ("The Glen") to Ataata Point, the southern headland of Cable Bay, and offshore for one nautical mile (1852m).
The marine reserve is a little over 5km long and covers 904 hectares.
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.
Walking, exploring the intertidal zone, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, general boating and sightseeing are all popular recreation activities in the reserve.
There are no DOC facilities in the Nelson area, however private accommodation 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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