Te Angiangi Marine Reserve

Between Aramoana and Blackhead, Central Hawke's Bay, Hawkes Bay

Te Angangi Marine Reserve was established in August 1997 and is managed by the Department of Conservation.

It takes in the coast between Aramoana and Blackhead, with camping grounds at both ends of the reserve, and plenty of bach accommodation. It is the only Marine Reserve in Hawke's Bay and covers an area of about 1.3 square nautical miles (446 hectares), and extends 1 nautical mile offshore.

The name of the reserve was chosen by Ngati Kere to honour local history. When Ngati Kahungunu settled the region, central Hawke's Bay was divided between Te Aomatarahi and Taraia. Te Aomatarahi was given the lands east of Tukituki River and mana whenua passed to his descendents Tu Mapuhiarangi and Te Angiangi. The area covered by the mana of Te Angiangi included what is now the marine reserve.

The Marine Reserve is well utilised locals and visitors, who visit the Reserve to enjoy the following recreational pursuits:

  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Rockpooling
  • Boating
  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Swimming (the best places for swimming are Stringray Bay at low tide and Shelly Bay)


All plant and animal life, alive or dead, in the Marine Reserve is totally protected. No fishing, seaweed or shellfish gathering is allowed. The reefs and sea floor are also protected so nothing can be removed from the reserve.

Getting there

Turn off State Highway 2 at Waipawa or Waipukurau. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes from either town. From Waipawa follow Pourere and Gibraltar roads to Aramoana. From Waipukurau follow Farm, Motere and Long Range roads to Blackhead.