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Activities in Horoirangi Marine Reserve

The reserve is a great place for walking, exploring the intertidal zone, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and boating.

For bird watchers, variable oyster catchers and blue penguins nest along the rocky shoreline. Over winter, spotted shags roost on the rocky crags at Ataata Point.

Boys looking in rock pools at Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Photo: Andrew Baxter.
Boys looking in rock pools at Horoirangi Marine Reserve

A climb up Cable Bay Walkway through the neighbouring farmland requires sturdy footwear and reasonable fitness, but will reward you with expansive views over Horoirangi and out across Tasman Bay. Note the walkway is closed during the spring lambing season. No dogs are allowed at any time.

A walk along the Nelson Boulder Bank is also worth the effort, though be prepared for windy conditions and rough, ankle-testing rocks.

Please remember all animals and plants, and the sea bed are totally protected.

  • No fishing, netting, hand gathering, taking or killing of marine life
  • No polluting, disturbance or damage of marine life or the sea bed
  • No removal of any natural material from the marine reserve.


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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 Nelson/Tasman places


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Motueka Office
Phone:      +64 3 528 1810
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