Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine reserve
Te Whanganui-A-Hei became a marine reserve in 1992 and is New Zealand’s sixth marine reserve…
Te Whanganui-A-Hei became a marine reserve in 1992 and is New Zealand’s sixth marine reserve, the first for the Coromandel. With no recreational or commercial fishing allowed inside the reserve, marine plants and animals are free to return to their natural balance. Marine reserves have been hugely successful in restoring marine ecosystems, including fish stocks, in other parts of New Zealand. The reserve covers nine square kilometres and is administered by the Department of Conservation in partnership with the Te Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve Committee.
Gemstone Bay Snorkel Trail - What is it?
The skipper will decide on the day which snorkel spot to choose. Factors such as weather, snorkelling skill levels, water clarity and where the marine life has been spotted last are all contributing factors towards choosing the best spot, ensuring every snorkel experience is awesome!
If snorkelling isnt your thing, that’s completely fine as you can experience the same thing as the snorkelers while sitting back and watching the marine life through the glass panels. There is something for everyone on the cruise.
What will I see?
The marine reserve is administered by the Department of Conservation in partnership with the Te Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve Committee.
The Friends of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve Trust was established in 2010, primarily to raise funds for the marine reserve. The Trust receives funds through grants and donations. One of the main reasons for setting up the Trust was so that funds could be raised to develop the educational potential of the reserve.
If you would like to help out, donations can be made to The Friends of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve Trust.