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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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

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Good snorkel

Nice area with great snorkel, different places along the way to rent snorkel gear. You can see pretty big snapper, the first one surprised me and kind of freak me out in a funny... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Islamorada, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We coordinated our snorkel trip to Goat Island, with a local tour guide. Having read many positive reviews on trip advisor, and hearing from our guide that this was where they always brought their children when they were young, we arrived with high expectations for an easy off the beach snorkel and crystal clear waters. First, this is not an... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Nice area with great snorkel, different places along the way to rent snorkel gear. You can see pretty big snapper, the first one surprised me and kind of freak me out in a funny way since sometimes they follow you a bit.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

With several dive shops nearby and a road down to the beach to unload your kit this area is great for shore diving. The entry to the water is easy with a simple walk in from the beach. The bottom then gently slopes away and before you know it your at 20 metres surrounded by fish and looking up at... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We visited Goat Island for the first time on a glorious sunny Saturday. Good car park, paved walkways, toilets/change area. We decided it looked too good to not have a swim so we hired mask, snorkel and flippers for $20 down near the beach and hit the water. Lots of rocks to be careful of (my wife came out with... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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Illinois
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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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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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