Dr. Grace's Top Four Marine Reserves
1. Kermadec Islands: view a mix of temperate, tropical and subtropical fish such as the spotted black groper, which grows to two metres.
2. Poor Knights: visually very attractive, and filled with subtropical goodies. During summer months orcas and manta rays play here.
3. Tawharanui: protected since 1982, and New Zealand’s newest marine reserve. Great to see the recovery of crayfish and kelp.
4. One of Fiordland’s 10 marine reserves: very special water conditions create a unique environment. See deep ocean species such as black coral and sea pens which thrive in the lowlight, tannin stained waters.