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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Great day out!

Arrived not really having too many expectations: I was surprised by the amount of marine life... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Adventurous Swim

I'm used to swimming lengths in a pool so it was a most welcomed change. I went in early October so... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
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Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-422 6334
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived not really having too many expectations: I was surprised by the amount of marine life swimming around in the clear, pristine water. Large snapper swim within an arm length without a care. We had spring wetsuits and the kids were cold after about 40mins....More

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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

I'm used to swimming lengths in a pool so it was a most welcomed change. I went in early October so there was plenty of car parking but the water was only 15c so a life jacket came in handy which was donated by a...More

Thank peterrM6374WL
Reviewed 20 September 2018

We came here as part of an organised tour where we went out on a completely see-through glass canoe called a Clearyak to view the marine life below. There was a lot of activity lots of people diving and snorkelling from a beautiful small sandy...More

1  Thank hitheroadjack5
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We visited on a busy day but that didn’t stop us enjoying the beautiful sunshine and incredible underwater world. If you’re in the area, grab a snorkel and go for a dip!

Thank Jessisawanderer
Reviewed 7 August 2018

One of my favourite places to go snorkelling. The marine life is amazing and to be able to swim and snorkel with the marine life is such a awesome experience. The only negative is that other visitors to the beach do not read or obey...More

Thank mcilr0y1
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Winter did not seem to put people off though there were a few die hard snorklers there but it was a wet windy day and we did not see too much

Thank Molzmum
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

This island is great for snorkeling and is quite safe compared to other beaches. There are a lot of big fish you can see even from the shore.

Thank VicK275
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Hi, It is a good one day picnin and if doing on Saturday can visit the morning market at Matakana. Good Day picnin for locals.

Thank Vipin G
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Goat Island has loads of huge fish to see with a snorkel and mask (mostly snapper). The water is quite safe and there's usually loads of tourists there. There isn't much of a beach area, just a rocky platform but this is fine to sit...More

2  Thank BeeW138
Reviewed 13 April 2018

The fish are so big and plenty to see. Take a snorkel and mask, even in mid April the sea temperature is over 20 degrees celcius. We did an organised swim tour so we could get some history etc, but you can easily do without...More

1  Thank kathym1242
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25 October 2018|
Response from Vipin G | Reviewed this property |
Yeah can dive in Goat Island and nearby beaches. Just google as have few who orgainse dive in Goat Island. May be can check on below web... More
10 March 2017|
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Response from DavidL9244 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Abigail There is a glass bottom boat, from my knowledge this docks on the shore, there is no wheel chair access. As soon as you come off the road, you pretty much walking onto sand and a small stream going thru. There... More
6 January 2015|
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Response from Felice_8884 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Eenie, When are you arriving? We might drive you there if we are available on the day.