Nature and Conservation
New Zealand’s rich biodiverse eco-system has developed with the help of many unique elements. Geographically it’s fairly disconnected from the rest of the world, allowing the native flora and fauna to flourish in the years before humans took their toll. Additionally, the subtropical climate has offered a non-harsh home to many species of birds, reptiles, plants and insects, with plenty of nourishment from the earth.
New Zealand’s marine environment is world-wide renowned for its impressive collection of marine mammals and fish. Partially subtropical and sub-Antarctic, it’s home to over 15,000 known species with around seven new species identified each fortnight. Its position in relation to water masses and current systems make it rich, complex and diverse. Sadly, humans have had significant impact on out marine environment too, from the introduction of pests, to fishing and harvesting, to land-based pollution. Thankfully the implications of these actions has been acknowledged, and efforts are being made to curtail our environmental impact.
Tuhua, Mayor Island Marine Reserve has been working to protect the area and its habitants since it was established as a reserve in 1993. Tuhua used to be internationally acclaimed for its diving and fishing – both recreational and big game, but this had a disastrous impact and severely depleted the fish stocks. Now, fishing is restricted within the reserve, with a goal of long-term sustainability.
The Bay Explorer
Bay Explorer are local boat tour specialists who are passionate about all our region has to offer. We are proudly Kiwi owned and operated, with plenty of experience running day trips from Tauranga.