The Te Angiangi Marine Reserve was established in August 1997. It is located on the Central Hawke's Bay coast, approximately 30 km east of Waipukurau and Waipawa. It covers an area of about 1.3 square nautical miles (446 hectares), extending one nautical mile offshore from mean high water mark between Blackhead and Aramoana Beach at Shoal Bay (Shoal Beach).
The Marine Reserve offers the public a wonderful chance to experience an untouched marine natural habitat. School groups, families, and visitors to the area, can explore the tidal pools at low tide and dive in the pools within the Marine Reserve so long as no marine life is moved or taken. Scuba diving and snorkelling in the waters within the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve enables you to enjoy the rich marine life in its natural habitat. The Marine Reserve has an informative board about the many coastal birds in the area. There is a public convenience on the foreshore at Stingray Bay.
It is illegal to move or remove any marine life from the sea, rock pools or reef and at no time are vehicles permitted on any reef or marine shelf on the coastline.
On March 2nd 2008 the Department of Conservation and the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve Advisory Committee celebrated the Marine Reserve's tenth year. It was celebrated by approximately hundred people gathering at Blackhead Beach and a Karakia left for Aramoana through the Marine Reserve. A Powhiri kihi whakatu at the Aramoana woolshed at 7am with invited speakers, followed by a barbeque breakfast. Sport Hawkes Bay provided activities for the children on the beach at 9.30am.