Bow riding

Off the northern coast of Waiheke, vivacious common dolphins travel in search of the next work-up.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

They are lithe and playful, but also devastatingly effective predators, working around and through schooling fish such as kahawai, soury and pilchard.

In all, there are 25 species of marine mammals found in the Hauraki Gulf, almost a third of the world’s marine mammal species.

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is New Zealand’s only gazetted national park of the sea. Within it are six small marine reserves—Pollen Island beside the north-western motorway, Te Matuku at the bottom end of Waiheke, Long Bay, Goat Island and Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula. All are important, but none are large enough to have an impact on the health of the gulf. New reserves are proposed, but it is unclear whether they will be no-take or allow fishing.

Episodes From This Location

City of sails

1 minute / 2018

Waka-ama with Richard

1 minute / 2018

Prepare for take-off

1 minute / 2018

Islands of the Gulf

1 minute / 2018

Future food

1 minute / 2018

Dumped

1 minute / 2018

The remains of the day

1 minute / 2018

Spilling sewers

1 minute / 2018

Recreational fishing

1 minute / 2018

Meet the locals

1 minute / 2018

Off balance

1 minute / 2018

Sustainable fishing

1 minute / 2018

Bow riding

1 minute / 2018

Trevally traffic

1 minute / 2018

Beneath the boats

1 minute / 2018

City on the sea

1 minute / 2018