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Explore a virtual Gulf

Pic of SeaSketch interface

Want to see the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana like you’ve never seen it before? Use SeaSketch to view and explore the Hauraki Gulf online – and to learn about the different ways we all use it.

Like a traditional map, SeaSketch charts the geography of the Gulf – but that’s only the beginning.

On top of the base map you’ll find ‘layers’ that you can turn on and off with a click of your mouse. These layers allow you to explore up-to-date Hauraki Gulf information on the conservation, economic, social and cultural uses of the Gulf – in other words, everything from shipping lanes to dolphin sightings.

You can dive into the layers that interest you and see how they cross and intersect with other uses of the area.

All this information has been collected to help the Stakeholder Working Group with the development of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan. It is now available for everyone to explore.

You don’t need any technical skills or mapping know-how and because SeaSketch is a web-based tool, anyone can access it, anytime, anywhere – in meetings, at home or at the beach.

Explore the Gulf! Visit SeaSketch to start exploring now. 

Check out a list of live layers. 67 layers are viewable now. 

Check back regularly. Throughout the course of the project, we’ll continue adding layers of scientific data, cultural information and community knowledge to SeaSketch. 

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Hauraki Gulf Forum Ministry for Primary Industries  Department of Conservation (DOC) Waikato Regional Council Auckland Council