Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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Location New Zealand
Nearest city Nelson
Coordinates 40°52′49″S173°04′28″E / 40.8802°S 173.0745°E / -40.8802; 173.0745 Coordinates: 40°52′49″S173°04′28″E / 40.8802°S 173.0745°E / -40.8802; 173.0745
Area 1835 ha
Established 1993
Governing body Department of Conservation

Tonga Island Marine Reserve is a protected area on the northern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It surrounds Tonga Island and is next to the Abel Tasman National Park. The marine reserve was created in 1993 and covers an area of 1,835 hectares (7.08 sq mi). [1]

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References

  1. "Marine Reserve (Tonga Island) Order 1993 (SR 1993/338)". New Zealand Government. 16 October 1993. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
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