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Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Warkworth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

About an hour from Auckland, it's a nice place to take a day trip to. It would be a great place to have a weekend holiday too. Obviously no fishing allowed on the area but that makes it awesome for swimming and diving with all the sea life.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If the weather is good and sea conditions are favorable, the snorkeling is supposed to be amazing, but it will probably be crowded because everyone else will have the same idea. On the other hand, if the weather / sea conditions are not nice, you might have the marine park to yourself, but there may not be anything to see... More 

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Warkworth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Goat Island Marine Reserve was NZ's first marine reserve, been visiting for years. Fantastic way to see what fish, and their environment are like when not being chased down. Easy swimming off the beach, take a mask snorkel and fins, or come with your scuba gear and cruise out and around the island.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We just made a quick stop here late afternoon after having spent the day at Tawharanui and happened to be there at just the right time. There was a group of about 15 dolphins playing around in the water, getting pretty close to the people that were snorkeling. It was beautiful to see the sun slowly setting and watching the... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A place to go swimming and snorkelling with the fish, the snapper look awesome close up and the drive here is very scenic, if you go to NZ, this is a must

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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went as a bit of a 'side trip' when up north for work. I'm a Kiwi, and was absolutely blown away by the pristine scenery, but also by the commitment and genuine heart of the people running the boat ride. A cracker place to visit, and impressive sea life too!

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Have been here a few times and have never been disappointed. Even when we went in Summer and it was packed with people, it makes for a great atmosphere. Hiring stuff to go snorkelling is reasonable and if you can't get a spot to lie on the beach there is plenty of grass area to put your feet up. Can't... More 

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Highworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My boyfriend were the only ones here for hours, it was blustery and rainy and when the mist came over from the sea we felt like we were in another world. We got some great photos here and loved having a little adventure.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Lots of fish to see here. Tip check the water quality before you go, it can vary. Water is ok temp, you should be fine without a wetsuit is summer months, but outside of summer use a wetsuit.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Go early to avoid crowds and get a good spot. Visit the marine centre at top of hill with kids for educational visit. There doesn't seem to be as many blue mau mau as in recent years but still good for kids to spot fish easily. You might even see a ray. Be careful of the tides when going across... More 

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