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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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amazing fish and others animals. but when i went i did not have sunny skys i must come again to go snorkeling.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Tauranga
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364 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

amazing fish and others animals. but when i went i did not have sunny skys i must come again to go snorkeling.

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Anderson, South Carolina, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled to Goat Island Marine Reserve from south of Auckland on our first day after flying from the states. While there was a bit of jet lag, the hike along the bluff was the perfect way to combat it. The views were awesome even though the weather was cloudy. I bet it is spectacular on a sunny day. The... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were at the nearby Sawmill Café for lunch and had heard about the Marine Reserve and just drove over to have a look. Unfortunately we were not prepared or had the time to snorkel and felt so disappointed. Don't let this happen to you it the perfect tourist destination for those who love nature and swimming amongst beautiful fish... More 

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Thank lorraineg6
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the first no-take Marine Reserve in New Zealand this is internationally famous because of the dramatic recovery of marine life in the absence of fishing. It is easy swimming and snorkelling with fish everywhere (large snapper, eagle rays, and many others). Can be a lot of people there during the summer. Only 2-3 m depth between shore and island... More 

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Takaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went in winter with a local friend who had wetsuits and all the snorkelling gear etc and it was awesome. Very clear, lots of big fish and things to look at, blue sky day - just a special surprise that I hadn't been expecting when I went to visit an old friend. Marine reserves rock and this one is... More 

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Thank GBTess
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been there on peak season,and the hordes of tourists, with the locals being the majority, were probably the reason of the scarcity of truly unique aquatic life the place is known about. But swimming deeper into the open waters and around the island itself, I found some truly hidden gems that made my wandering all worth it. Just make sure... More 

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Thank Evia H
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place gets very crowded but if you don't mind the crowd then this would be a good place for you nice views beautiful waters

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Thank maria l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was a little worried that my daughters would not enjoy Goat Island with them being 3 and 4. With them not being able to snorkel thought it might be a short trip, but the water was really warm and it is shallow for a decent distance out. If you can get then to put goggles on then they can view... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The landscape around is beautiful. The island offers the opprtunity to snorkel: a lot of fun! There are not a lot of different fish, but you can see snake fish. A one-day activity to do with friends!

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Thank Leila C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kids and adults had an absolute ball! Plenty of people there, yet still plenty of room to set up a spot on the beach. Tonnes of fish to see! A lot of shallow areas where smaller kids could still stand up in and deeper spots for the taller kids or more confident swimmers to venture into, but can still see... More 

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