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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-422 6334
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Hi, It is a good one day picnin and if doing on Saturday can visit the morning market at Matakana... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vipin G
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Auckland, New Zealand
Wonderful place to snorkel

Goat Island has loads of huge fish to see with a snorkel and mask (mostly snapper). The water is... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
Bee W
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
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+64 9-422 6334
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"glass bottom boat"
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"fish"
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"wet suits"
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"eagle rays"
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"an abundance"
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"bring your own"
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"clear kayaks"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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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

1  Thank Bee W
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Reviewed 12 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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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Great place to snorkel and dive. Really easy calm and beautiful. Very safe. Can get super busy on weekends but highly recommended.

Thank JTC_12
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Highly recommend, excellent snorkeling/diving. Can be popular on summer weekends, understandably so. Tremendous views of many local fish, very accustomed to divers.

Thank Graham D
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I love the marine live at Goat Island. when there is no wind / swell it's an amazing experience to grab your snorkling gear and watch the marine live at the islands. You can swim with huge snappers while you explore the world underneath the...More

Thank NZJafa
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

How much fun do you want? We are old crocs who wanted to do the Clearyak, and did we see the fish and seaweed and have fun trying to paddle and avoid those pesky swimmers :-), jokes aside if you are in the neighbourhood do...More

Thank lindagarrett0196
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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Heard a lot of good things about this place but annoyingly on the day we went, the water was murky because of the swell. Not much of a beach to sit on either, having to compete with a lot of people for the space was...More

1  Thank Sam R
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

First thing, get there early, otherwise you will be parking kms up the Rd. Don’t bother taking chairs or heaps of stuff, you basically need to sit close to the bank, on the grass bank or on the highest rocks, because when the tide comes...More

Thank RachelMugg
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

We went snorkelling and saw an abundance of marine life, there is snorkel equipment available for hire and access to the beach and sea is easy. Well worth a trip.

Thank rebeccabroom
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abigail s
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
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EenieA
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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.
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