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From NZ Dept of Conservation website:
Kahurangi Marine Reserve lies off the far northwest of the South Island. Walkers on the famous Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park can enjoy a stroll along its southern reach.
Kahurangi Marine Reserve protects the marine environment along 16 km of coastline and out to five kilometres offshore between Wekakura Point and Crayfish Point.
The north of the reserve is a remote wilderness visited more by seals than humans. At 84 square km, it is one of the largest marine reserves in mainland New Zealand.
Fur seals/Kekeno often visit and rest at the Wekakura Point colony in the north of the reserve. It is also home to dozens of Hector’s dolphins.
The reserve reaches five kilometres offshore to depths of about 50 m. A seabed of mud and sand provides habitat for burrowing shellfish and coastal fish such as flounder, gurnard, snapper and sharks.