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Goat Island Marine Reserve

Address: Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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88%
Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions 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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kerikeri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Really enjoyed visiting the marine reserve discovery centre. Well worth the admission price. An opportunity to explore the undersea world while remaining dry. Great microscopes, touching pool and activities and information suitable for all ages.

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Hamilton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Well maintained clean and tidy beach, interesting sea birds. Need better signs indicating the upper level carpark - it was mostly empty and everyone parked on the roadside because you don't know its there until you drive past the exit only going the wrong way.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The glass bottom boat was sensational. Will definitely go again, this time for snorkelling. Sun, surf, snorkelling, sand, fishes, seaweed and grasses, hot but fun.

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Pasig, Philippines
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92 reviews 92 reviews
50 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

One of first stops in our Auckland Tour. Goat Island. An island and beach an hour outside of Auckland proper is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. We visited in summer, but the water was freezing (compared to Manila standards). The beach was nice, great place for taking pictures and exploring. Wasn't able to try the snorkeling or... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

You can't help but fall in love with this place! We visit with young kids, teenagers, middle aged adults and even Nana's and we all love something different. You can snorkel straight off the beach and be surrounded in minutes by all sorts of fish, you can hire equipment or bring your own. Hire a small inflatable blow up boat... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Absolutely beautiful marine reserve and so great to see that it is protected for the generations to come. Great snorkling with all sorts of sea life including some very large snapper who have been able to get to that size because they are protected. There is nothing commercial about this place which is great. Take all your own food and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Very nice reserve, very clear water and a great weather most if the time.... but disappointed wit the glass bottom boat trip

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Great little place to snorkel saw all sorts of fish. Managed to see a ray too. Reasonable facilities. Arrive very early. Very busy to park despite 3 car parking areas.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Great place to go and see the marine life in a safe environment. Highly recommend the Glass Boat tours. Can get very busy in summer so make sure you book your trip in advance.

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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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