Tapu Bay Reserve is located at the end of Tapu Place in Tapu Bay. It adjoins residential sections on all sides except the foreshore to the south. Stephens Bay Esplanade Reserve lies between the recreation reserve and the sea.
The reserve comprises a level grassed area beside the beach with picnic tables and rubbish containers. The main access to the reserve is down a steep drive from Tapu Place. The reserve provides vehicle access to the foreshore.The main use of the reserve is for beach access, boat launching, picnicking and informal recreation.