Goat Island Marine Reserve

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WBTK
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
Go Mid-week
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 Zealand702 contributions
Afternoon snorkel
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 Zealand98 contributions
First Time Snorkelling
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 Zealand46 contributions
Stunning, take a picnic and snorkelling gear
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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Terrence J
17 contributions
Winter trip to Goat Island
Jul 2020 • Family
We went to Goat Island in July, it is a really nice place to go for a nice walk and the rock formations are quite cool, and the kids enjoyed looking for "treasure" in the rocks. We went out there a few summer's ago and it was an amazing experience, we may take the kids back this Summer, if we have time, well worth it, cheers Terry and family
Written 4 August 2020
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Laura L
10 contributions
Fantastic day out!
Mar 2020 • Family
Grabbed snorkels and the kids spent the day here spotting fish and manta rays! Clear, warm water, safe swimming environment it was an absolute must do if you are in the area. The beach is pretty, the sand is soft and it was fairly empty the day we went.
Written 10 March 2020
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The_Traveller
Sevenoaks, UK76 contributions
Worth to visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful place and beach. We snorkelled there and it was absolutely wonderful (equipment can be rented right on the beach). Lots of different fish, crabs, stingrays and many more. Make sure that you are at the right time according to the tides.
Written 18 February 2020
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IP2004
4 contributions
A memorable snorkling experience
Feb 2020
Rent the snorkling suit and kit available from a shop nearby (you can search easily from the web). Try to ask which are the easier ways to go into the water as it could be a bit difficult to get through the stony paths in windy days. Saw stingray at less than 100m away from the shore.
Written 15 February 2020
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Martyn P
London, UK175 contributions
Beautiful setting and fabulous sea life
Feb 2020
The marine reserve centre is well worth a visit if you want to know about the local sea life and conservation efforts. We took the glass bottomed boat and were rather disappointed as we saw very few fish, but those who snorkelled there seemed to see a lot more. Beautiful location!
Written 12 February 2020
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Lois G
Auckland, New Zealand554 contributions
Swim with fish
Feb 2020
Goat island is a great place for snorkelling in clear water. It gets a bit crowded, so go early before the water gets churned up. There is a glass bottom boat too which will take you around the island to see the fish closeup. Take a picnic and sit on the sand.
Written 9 February 2020
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