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.


Grateful thanks to all those who have supported and taken part in our tenth birthday celebrations during 2018. All the very best for marine conservation during the coming year.


Celebrating a Decade of Marine Protection

South Coast 10th Birthday Photo Competition Results

Underwater Category

Winner – Nick Grobler. “Valley of Life”.
Equipment used: GoPro Hero5.
Prize: $100 voucher with Dive Wellington.

Highly Commended: Sarah Milicich. “Curious Cod”. Equipment: Canon SX280, F3.5, 1/400 ISO 800.
Prize: $50 Voucher with Island Bay Divers

Topside Category:

Winner: Catherine Quick. “Pied Shag at the Snorkel Trail”. Equipment: Olympus TG5 in Auto mode. Image cropped and exposure adjusted.
Prize: $100 Voucher with Wellington Photographic Supplies

Highly Commended: Nicole Miller. “Sunset at Snorkel Trail”. Equipment: iPhone6.
Prize: $50 voucher from Brew’d Island Bay

Thank you to all entrants and our sponsors for their interest and continued support of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve! We especially enjoyed entries from young children who clearly have a future in photography!

Photo by Nick Grobler ‘Valley of Life’

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