The Tāwharanui Marine Reserve was established in September 2011. The marine reserve replaces the Tawharanui Marine Park, which opened in July 1981. The new marine reserve will be administered by the Department of Conservation.The reserve is situated 90km north of Auckland. A range of habitats can be seen, including rock platforms, reefs with overhangs, tunnels and caves and fine surf beaches. Reef areas offer excellent snorkelling in suitable sea conditions. People are welcome to dive, snorkel, swim and visit the reserve, however all marine life continues to be totally protected and fishing, netting, gathering shellfish or otherwise interfering with marine life is prohibited.
The boundary of the reserve has changed slightly, as shown on the map above. The old boundary, marked in “red” is replaced by the "blue" boundary.
Contacts & Resources
Original data record from World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) via ProtectedPlanet.net [view record on site].