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Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Chainsawed Mangroves Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Chainsawed Mangroves

Some local landowners surrounding the Whangateau Harbour are upset that mangroves…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Juvenille Parore Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Juvenille Parore

Thousands of juvenile parore settle from their planktonic larval phase into the mangroves.…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Community Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Community

Large, old established mangroves help protect the shoreline from erosion, but also…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Seedlings Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Seedlings

They soon grow into small seedlings which are alternately inundated and exposed by…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Propagules Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Propagules

Mangroves are important in many ways. They provide shelter for juvenile fish, and…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove

The mangroves themselves are fun to snorkel around. We have one species in NZ, common…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Yellow Eyed Mullet Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Yellow Eyed Mullet

Yellow-eye mullet, often called sprats, are common in the estuary, where they form…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Stargazer Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Stargazer

A strange fish in the Whangateau Harbour is the stargazer. It is an “ambush”…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Face Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Face

If you approach very carefully sometimes you can get really close and personal with…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Amongst Roots Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Flounder Amongst Roots

If there were a policy of no-fishing around Horse Shoe Island and the adjacent channel,…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Trevally School Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Trevally School

Juvenile trevally also occur in the channel of the Whangateau Harbour, a school of…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Parore in Neckace Weed Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Parore in Neckace Weed

The necklace weed bed is a very important nursery for parore. Whangateau supplies…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Necklace Weed on Reef Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Necklace Weed on Reef

Whangateau is a popular place to snorkel and learn about estuarine ecology. Here…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Cockles Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Cockles

The estuary has many millions of cockles and is known for the best cockle resource…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Kayakers Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Kayakers

Mangrove areas in the estuary are great for kayaking in shallow water when the tide…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - NZ Dottrel Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - NZ Dottrel

In contrast to the muddy estuaries close to Auckland, sand flats in the upper harbour…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Wetlands Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Wetlands

The southern arm of the harbour has a rich mosaic of salt marsh and seagrass habitats,…

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries

The Whangateau Harbour is a small estuary on the east coast out from Warkworth on…

Juvenile Yellow-eyed Mullet school Juvenile Yellow-eyed Mullet school

The Whangateau Estuary offers fish like the Yellow Eyed Mullet with fantastic habitat.…

Trevally School at Whangateau Trevally School at Whangateau

Trevally enter estuaries like this one to feed on crabs and shellfish.

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