Te Tapuwae o Rongokako
Image: Trudi Ngawhare


Discover a wealth of marine life up close in a protected environment in Te Tapuwae o Rongokako (“the footprint of Rongokako”.)
  • Swim or snorkel at low tide in the deep channels and pools exposed in the reef.
  • Walk to the northern end of the reserve - see remnants of the old coach road along the beach and remains of the pā (village) on the cliffs above. There is also a great view of Whangara Island/Te Ana o Paikea.
  • Explore the rocks close to shore with a mask and snorkel. Underwater you can see a variety of seaweeds, kina, marine snails, sponges and many other marine animals including crayfish/koura. 

Get ready

Download the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako adventure map (PDF, 2,068K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there

The marine reserve is 16 km north of Gisborne; it can be reached via State Highway 35, with public access at Pouawa.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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