The Tapuae Marine Reserve covers 1404ha of water off the North Taranaki coast. The reserve adjoins the Sugar Loaf Island Marine Protected Area (SLIMPA) and stretches from Herekawe stream in the north to Tapuae stream in the south.
The Tapuae Marine Reserve on the north Taranaki coast adjoins the Sugar Loaf Island Marine Protected Area (SLIMPA). The area has a range of natural habitats - from the caves, canyons, crevices around the volcanic islands, to the boulder fields, mud and sand. A wide range organisms, marine and coastal, are to be found here.
The Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society (formed in 1997) initiated the establishment of the Tupuae Marine Reserve and continues to survey and study the marine life of the Taranaki coast.
The Objectives of the Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society Inc. are;
- To establish a network of marine reserves in the Taranaki Region
- To ensure the marine life and other natural resources in the region are protected
- To encourage the scientific study of marine life on the Taranaki coast
- To foster community awareness of the coastal environment by education.