Taputeranga Marine Reserve – Images of the Sea

Our website shows how the Taputeranga Marine Reserve is special and of benefit to the people of Wellington. The Friends were set up to foster understanding and appreciation of the Reserve, assist DOC to monitor and manage, and develop opportunities such as the Island Bay Snorkel Trail. The Reserve is yours to protect and enjoy.


Island Bay. Free Community Snorkel Days 28th January and 4th March.

Come get your snorkel on at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve in Island Bay!

Our wonderful Experiencing Marine Reserve snorkel guides look forward to helping you to explore the spectacular underwater world of the south coast during our annual community snorkel day.  New snorkelers encouraged! We provide all equipment, guides and safety support. Sorry – no children under 8 yrs.

Tours departing at 10, 11, 12.30 and 1.30. We are unable to take bookings for this event – so please meet us down at the surf club (Island Bay Marine Education Centre) on the day and sign up for the next available group.  Weather updates will also be posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/213487512446132/ . Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates.

A second snorkel event will be held on the 4th of February and a final back up date on the 11th of February.  We look forward to seeing you there! If you are a keen and experienced snorkeler and would like to help our team with this free community event- please contact sarah.neighbours@octopus.org.nz .


Champia laingii M. Francis

Champia laingii M. Francis