Blue cod, Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve. Photo: Steve Wing. DOC USE ONLY.

Blue cod, Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

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This remote reserve feels like the outer edge of the planet. The island lies low with the water and the skies impart the subtle and varied colours of the subantarctic. Beneath the water it is full of life.

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Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve is located in the outer portion of Paterson Inlet, on Stewart Island/Rakiura’s east coast.

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

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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 Stewart Island/Rakiura places


Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 219 0009
Address:   15 Main Road
Stewart Island
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