Tauparikākā coastline
PHOTO: Andris Apse ©

Introduction

This small marine reserve (16 ha) has been created as an educational site because of its accessibility, variety of habitats, and simple beauty. This is one of the best places to see Hector dolphins without the need for a boat.

Place overview

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching

Facilities

  • Information panels
  • Marine reserves
    Protect our marine reserves

    They are special places that protect the species and habitats within them.

    • No fishing of any kind
    • Don't take or kill marine life
    • Don't remove or disturb any marine life or materials
    • Don't feed fish - it disturbs their natural behaviour
    • Call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) to report any illegal activity

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Enjoy the scenery and learn about the marine reserve

Perfect for an educational site, Tauparikākā Marine Reserve is accessible, has a variety of habitats and beautiful scenery. Interpretation panels describe the history and natural values of the area, and a lookout tower provides views over the reserve.

Tauparikākā is also a nice stop for drivers to stretch their legs and learn about the West Coast’s coastal environment.

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    The tidal lagoon and foreshore at Ship Creek lie within Tauparikākā Marine Reserve, which extends out to 200 m offshore. The lagoon’s tea-coloured water is stained by natural tannins from the beech and podocarp forest above.

    A gentle board walk runs through sand dunes covered in the native sand sedge, pingao.

    This is one of the best places to see the world’s smallest dolphins – Hector dolphins – without the need for a boat, as they often play in the surf near the beach.

    Hectors dolphin. Photo © Dina Engel & Andreas Maecker.
    Hector dolphins often play in the surf near the beach at Tauparikākā Marine Reserve

    Group enjoying the Ship Creek environment. Photo: Katrina Henderson
    Perfect for an educational site, Tauparikākā Marine Reserve is accessible, has a variety of habitats and beautiful scenery

    Getting there

    Tauparikākā Marine Reserve lies a twenty minute drive north of Haast, just off the highway at the Ship Creek visitor site.

    Know before you go

    No particular planning or preparation is needed to visit Tauparikākā Marine Reserve, though sandfly repellent is a good idea. Swimming is not generally advisable.

    Marine Reserve rules

    For a full description of the Tauparikākā Marine Reserve rules, see the Orders in Council legislation.

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