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Glass Bottom Boat

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Address: Goat Island Road, Leigh 0947, New Zealand
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+64 9-422 6334
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat is a popular, fully commentated...

The Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat is a popular, fully commentated 45-minute tour showcasing the area’s abundant marine life, fauna, birds, reefs and caves. During the trip, guests learn about the history, preservation and protection of New Zealand’s first marine reserve. For those wishing to get a closer look, kayaks, wetsuits and snorkel gear are available for hire at the beach.

Bookings are essential. Guests may book on the beach, however booking online or by phone is recommended to secure your seat.

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Great time with the family, we were lucky enough to see dolphins playing and splashing right beside the boat. Would defiantly recommend it to others and take a picnic and enjoy... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
mandyr75
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Great time with the family, we were lucky enough to see dolphins playing and splashing right beside the boat. Would defiantly recommend it to others and take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view before or after the boat trip or there are many good cafes to choose from on the way there.

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New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I had a very nice time and I really would like to come back to glass bottom boat with JMR group and my own family. Thank you. The Guy was very informed and he talked about the diferent types of fishes there are in New Zealand seas and I also saw the different types of sea weed under the sea... More 

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Thank NewZealandbear
Auckland, New Zealand
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82 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The skipper was very friendly and knowledgeable, and the view around was awesome. However, the view under the glass bottom was not as attractive as expected, partly due to too many heads reflected form the opposite bench, partly due to lack of various fish under the water.

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Thank Sunny W
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Toke the tour with 5 year old son and found skipper very friendly, knowledgeable and definitely made the trip interesting and fun for everyone. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels as comes right up on beach to get on and off.

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Thank CurliWinks
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 January 2017

A great way to view the marine life, the visibility wasn't ideal but Scotty the skipper made the trip interesting and enjoyable. Definitely a good idea to book over the phone or on the website if you're going in peak season! Special thanks to Jacqui for making sure we got seats on the last ride of the day!

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Thank emilyw1228
Wellington
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58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

This was a fantastic boat trip. It is very good value for money. I highly recommend doing this, you will get a lot out of it.

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Thank AnnaWellington
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Goat island is beautiful and the boat was a great way to explore it! I went there with my family and we all love it

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Thank Julia F
Auckland
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Fantastic day seeing everything the marine reserve has to offer snapper, huge schools of fish and a big highlight of seeing a number of large stingrays feeding off the bottom of the sea floor. Very knowledgeable skipper and a wonderful and safe way to see more than you ever could snorkelling and I have been coming to goat island for... More 

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Thank JAM3810
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful day....labour weekend. Family holiday outings...loved goat island,glass bottom boat was good couldn't see much..bt boat ride and guide was entertaining n friendly people. Beautiful scenery..👍

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Thank sheemal
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

A beautiful sunny day. Captain was freindly and informative. A lovely adventure around the island to explore the waters below without getting wet. Would definately recommend to others.

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