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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand

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Just missed the Glass Bottom Boat tour

An interesting area with short hikes, nice beaches and a reef just offshore. We stumbled on the area and did not prebook the glass bottom boat. As there were several school... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

An interesting area with short hikes, nice beaches and a reef just offshore. We stumbled on the area and did not prebook the glass bottom boat. As there were several school classes there that day, they had no room for us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great Day and excellent place for snorkeling!! The location is easy to access the water, excellent views and many sights to see! Shower, changing room and bathroom available for all patrons!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

beautiful beach. Excellent swimming and snorkelling. Great trip on the glass bottom boat. We parked easily because we got there early. No spaces to be had when we left at lunchtime. Well worth a visit.

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shrewsbury, england
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We visited Goat Island on a day trip from Auckland. It was a glorious sunny Sunday hence it was crowded. The tide was in also, meaning space was limited. The sea is crystal clear and although a little chilly it made for a good snorkelling experience. Particularly good for beginners as you can stay close to shore if you desire.... More 

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Braunschweig, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had a wonderful day snorkelling around Goat's island. We saw many fish, up to about 80 cm in length. As the weather was beautiful, it was really crowded. When you take the road to Goat's island, you first reach the dive shop. There you can rent the gear and they offer guided tours, too. For 3 people -2 adults,1... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A bit of a hidden gem! Mind the school excursions and go deeper. Snapper everywhere and some big big ones in the deep. A beautiful part of NZ.

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michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A very steep walk up to a beautiful, new, modern biology facility. The staff are pleasant, very knowledgeable, and kid friendly. Hands on learning was fascinating !!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

One of my most favourite places in all of New Zealand. Take your own snorkel or hire gear on the beach, its good to get a wetsuit because the water can be a bit chilly. There is so much marine life to see; blue maomao, snapper, trigger fish, lots of stingrays, crayfish, octopus, blue penguins etc. If you don't want... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A workmate and myself decided to make a bucket list to energize our life --- socially, work-wise and health-wise. We are ageing and need to get out of the constant rut we all find ourselves in. We drove from Whangarei 1 and 3/4 hours to Leigh. The entire day was free. With thermos coffee, bottled water and packed lunch and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Had great fun at Goat Island. You have to wear beach shoes due to the rocks but that was no problem. Very exciting seeing fish swimming near you.

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