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Most of teh south coast within Wellington city is bundled into a reserve called Taputeranga. This reserve extends 2.3km out to sea and along 3.3km of coastline encompassing Owhiro, Island, and Houghton bays. The reserve status means a fishing ban is in place as a measure to preserve marine life. This protection serves three ocean currents that converge off the coast creating a wide range of habitats. This attract a unique rich mix of plants and sea life.
Great views of the South Island are visible along this coast with the peaks of the Kaikoura mountains standing out, especially in winter when the peaks are covered in snow.
Notable places along the North Island's southern coastline include: Lyall and Houghtons bays for surfing, Red Rocks for walking and viewing seals, Princess Bay for swimming, and Owhiro Bay for diving and views of the South Island.