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Goat Island Marine Reserve

#3 of 27 things to do in Warkworth Features Animals
Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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Great visit

So much to do. Clear kayaks, great sweim / snorkel, so many fish! Then the university exhibition on... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
soph m
Chippenham, United Kingdom
Just like when I was 10

I hadn't been to goat island for 22 years and checked it out mid week for a day too from Auckland... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

So much to do. Clear kayaks, great sweim / snorkel, so many fish! Then the university exhibition on the hill. Excellent for all the family.

Thank soph m
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to goat island for 22 years and checked it out mid week for a day too from Auckland. The drive was easy enough and got there with only a handful of others about 10am. Turns out you can't rent down by the...More

Thank Malchieb
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The marine reserve and attached Research Centre is a hive of maritime activity both above and below the waves. In the Research Centre, interactive displays and live sea creatures wow any agegroup. There's nothing really quite like picking up a live starfish, or offering your...More

Thank Bevan S
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Great family activity of snorkelling right from the beach at the Goat Island Marine reserve. Must swim some distance from the beach to have clear waters to see more. Water is cool so only about 40mins and then got too cold and had to get...More

1  Thank bdorrington
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect for families, snorkel straight from the beach, a bit of a swell the day we went but still saw fish. A little murky as sand drenching was going on quite a long way off the beach and was also s cloudy day, still worth...More

Thank MaggiePrentice
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and son went snorkeling, easy hire of necessary equipment there on site. They really enjoyed their time in the water and saw an Eagle ray. My other son didn't want to snorkel and I had a calf injury so we visited the Auckland...More

Thank Carlukegirl
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

What a awesome experience, beautiful marine life, we saw lots of fish and stingrays. I do recommend that you invest in your own gear, we bought our own snorkel set for $50 each at the dive shop in Leigh, the staff were awesome. Great activity...More

Thank DavidL9244
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We had planned on snorkeling Goat island on January 21. It was a windy day, we should have tried to get there earlier. We rented wet suits at the dive shop, but they have lots of them right on the beach, for a bit cheaper....More

Thank Audream9
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We recently spent an afternoon here & hired a clear bottomed kyack from the beach.....you HAVE to do this if you visit. It was such a great experience watching the snapper swimming underneath the kyack. We also saw an Eagle Ray. It costs just $10NZ...More

Thank stoofers
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I was recently at goat island with a group of friends and family and hired one of the clear bottomed kayaks. What a fantastic experience! I am not an experienced kayaker but took my 8 year old daughter out on the water. The view of...More

Thank billcarrie2017
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abigail s
10 March 2017|
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Response from MaggiePrentice | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I am not sure, did not do the boat, just snorkled
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.