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Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Warkworth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Goat island Marine Reserve has been protected for over 30 years and is an amazing place to see the marine life, by snorkelling or diving straight off... more »
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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
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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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

took a diversion on the way north; well worth the expedition; excellent service, knowledgeable staff, it was a wee bit choppy, but only one of us was affected, fortunately not me, well worth the time and blew away a few cobwebs on the trip

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

good walking tracks around the reserve. No rubbish anywhere. Nice to see part of NZ preserved for future generations

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Goat Island is just passed Leigh, and it is a beautiful place to go, and we have been there many times. The view from up on the hills is beautiful with the Pohutakawa treas on the left side cliff edge being a nesting site for seabirds. As the name suggests, the marine park is a reserve, which means look but... More

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New Zealand
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116 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit. You get to swim with the fish, the size of which you hardly see out of the reserve. Or it is well worth s day to relax at the beach, paddle through the rock pools, take a trip on the glass bottom boat but remember to take all your rubbish away with you... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Enjoyed the boat trip. The instructor was knowledgeable and had a sense of humour that kept the children actively listening. We were saddened that there has been so little seabed regrowth in the 40- years of being a sanctuary.

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