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Goat Island Marine Reserve

Address: Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Warkworth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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68 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Goat Island marine reserve is a little out of the way but well worth a visit. Kids would love it as you get to see the marine life up close, they can also have a lesson in snorkelling so getting an even better view of the different types of fish. The journey to Goat Island is picturesque, would recommend stopping... More 

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NZ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Been here several times over the last 30 years and this time saw zero!!!! - yes not even one - fish. Loved the Discovery Centre or whatever it was called though. Kids (6+10) happily spent an hour there.

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North Island
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We did the Glass Bottomed Boat Tour for $28pp. It took 45 mins and we did see some snapper, Kina, leather jackets, parori, and silver drummers but that was in the first 5 minutes and the rest of the trip was a bit rough. Maybe the snorkelling is better. Parking would be tricky in the weekends. We enquires at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great place to snorkel and spend the afternoon in warm water seeing a multitude of fish. if you dont have equipment not to worry there is a well equipped store on the beach front that takes eftpos and cash. ample parking. take the time to go all the way to the big rock its worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Goat island is a place for the whole family. There you can dive in its cristal waters, enjoy the beach, take a boat or simply have a sun bath.

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Mexico
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4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A must snorkel/dive for any marine wildlife lovers! We were a bit unlucky with the weather but if its like that on a blustery day with 20+ knots and the sea choppy, it must be spectacular on a calm and sunny day! Marine life galore, well preserved and lovely to see families of all walks of life enjoying (without harming)... More 

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