Kayaking in Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Image: Kelly Herkert | ©



Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the Abel Tasman National Park. It is renowned for its golden sand beaches, intimate coves, and excellent summer weather.

For boundaries, tide and other information download the MarineMate app.

Find things to do and places to stay Tonga Island Marine Reserve

The best snorkelling is among the rocks between Tonga Quarry and Foul Point.

Diving is most rewarding on the reefs around Tonga Island or in the north of the reserve.

Kayaking, rock-pooling and picnicking around the golden sandy coves at Tonga Island Marine Reserve is an idyllic way to spend a day.

Protect our marine reserves
  • 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.
  • Take care when anchoring to avoid damaging the sea floor.


Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 546 9339
Email nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
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