Goat Island Marine Reserve
Goat Island Marine Reserve
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Holly K
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The water was magical and it was very fun to go snorkeling, we didn't see much fish when we went. We went on a long weekend, the beach itself was packed with little room for privacy. The parking there is a grade A nightmare, be prepared to park very far back and walk. I recommend going as early as possible for closer parking and a good spot to congregate as a family/group of friends on the beach.
Written 13 February 2024
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Tony W
Cambridge, UK434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Stopped off here for a mid-week morning in November. There were a few divers & snorkellers around, but overall it was very quiet. Good entertainment watch a party of school-kids having a snorkelling lesson in the sea (seems pleasantly weird to us Brits).
We wondered around the beach & walked up the lookout - which has the typical New Zealand spectacular views.
When we came back down a group had an appeared hiring out "glass" kayaks. This was a fun experience, with lots of fish clearly visible very close & underneath the kayak..
There are public toilets with showers at the car park, but no other facilities
Written 2 December 2023
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SD
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visited in a cold and windy October day. Air was clean and crisp and the views were spectacular. Hope to return in summer when a stroll down the beach and snorkeling would be best.
Written 29 October 2023
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Visited and camped near the beach many years ago. It is a beautiful part of the world. Took my girls snorkling for a couple of hours. Lots of fish, plankton, and a stingray. There is a tidal rip that could get poor swimmers in trouble, but with basic swimming skills you should be OK. Very clear water and a few car parks now.
Written 30 December 2022
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PatMacnz64
Omokoroa Beach, New Zealand520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Take a detour here to visit the marine reserve and look out towards the beauty of the area catch a glimpse of some fish swimming close to shore its free to visit and well worth your time so great photo opportunities to be had here its a good spot for families.
Written 14 August 2022
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Suzy_Jutsum
Cambridge, New Zealand85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is a great place, but you need to go in good weather and when the tides are right. If the waves are too choppy the visibility in the water is terrible and you don't see much. Great place for the whole family. There are areas of shade under trees when sitting at the beach. But note on a busy day when the weather is right this place can get very busy and parking is limited so if you arrive late you can be parking your car on the side of a narrow road and walking a while.
Recommend you arrive early - 9/10am at least to get a park and a good space on the beach.
Written 15 January 2022
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WBTK
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
A great place to visit , but go mid-week, summer weekends can get busy . Some amazing fish can be seen just walking out in the water or along the rocks on the main land
Written 30 January 2021
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Pete Y
Auckland, New Zealand775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Came here at low tide as there is more beach, otherwise it can get a bit cramped on the beach at high tide. Bring shoes/jandals as the sand can get v hot with the sun. There is limited shade from the trees on the beach so bring an umbrella. The kids loved the snorkeling and spent a good 45 mins doing it, they also wore long wet suits so that helped. We saw heaps of smaller fish, snapper and one ray. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. You can hire snorkeling gear and wet suits at the beach.
Written 13 January 2021
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Jonathan T
Howick, New Zealand134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
I had just purchased a beginner snorkelling kit with a 2mm short wetsuit. The first day my cousin and I snorkelled, we arrived at 08:30am. I think high tide was about 3 hours before we arrived. The water was about 18 degrees C. There was not much wind. It’s best when there is an offshore wind S/SW. If there is a N or NE it’s not as favourable in my opinion. There was not much swell either.

I was very curious about whether high or low tide would be best but in the end it did not really matter. We had great vis at low and high tide. At high tide you get to do some deeper dives. And at low tide ofcourse everything is much closer.

You are guaranteed to see plenty of fish. We saw some fish from knee/waist deep water. You can also enter straight off the beach. The entry is slightly easier at high tide. At low tide it’s a little more tricky to enter and exit.

The down side is that the beach gets really packed and so does the water from about 09:30/10:00am.

Great toilet facilities. I think there are 2 or 3 options to hire snorkel gear if you don’t have your own. I had some trouble with cellphone network.

Please don’t leave any rubbish behind on the beach and don’t remove anything from the water.
Written 27 December 2020
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Crayeater
Hamilton, New Zealand101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This really is a must do, even in summer when the beach is packed! Low tide is the best time to go, take a picnic and plenty of sunscreen. If you need to hire snorkel gear it is better to stop at one of the hire places in Leigh as the one at the beach has irregular hours.

This is a free attraction that has actually improved over the years. There is much better signage about not feeding the fish and the reasons behind it. It's about 20 years since I spent a summer selling bbq sausages from a caravan there and the fish no longer approach you looking for food. The toilets and changing rooms are much better where they are now. It's a stunning place and you will see plenty of sea life close to the shore. Just do it!
Written 7 December 2020
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