South of Auckland and New Plymouth, the snorkeling at Taranaki Marine Reserve offers good rocks and reefs to observe. During Taranaki Marine Reserve snorkeling, you may encounter starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers.
A good place to start is at Ngamotu Beach or off the beach at the Tapuae stream end. In either case, make sure to only snorkel here on calm days. The water is known to be very cool, so plan on using a wetsuit. The visibility is not usually great and typically ranges from 6 to 15 feet. Keep an eye on the swells that frequent this marine reserve.
To reach Auckland by air, fly into Auckland Airport (AKL), which is located south of Auckland. There is a Taranaki Marine Reserve Visitor Information Centre in New Plymouth centrally located at Puke Ariki.
Overall, Taranaki Marine Reserve is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in New Zealand.