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“Well worth the time!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island Marine Reserve
Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Warkworth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Well worth the time!”
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.

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great snorkelling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Excellent spot to snorkel/dive if you are a beginner (as my girlfriend WAS). Sheltered, not deep & you don't have to swim far for plenty to see, but don't expect tropical reef conditions - you will need to go to the Poor Knights Islands (or the tropics) for that. The currents/swell/wind can reduce visibility (also if overcast), so check with the dive shop on the way in for local conditions.
Food is available 5 minutes drive to town so take drinks, snacks, or food for a picnic - there are tables and grass areas.
Bring: camera (waterproof); swimmers, mask, snorkel & fins; wet suit for mid autumn to late spring if you want to spend any amount of time in the water (summer to early autumn you can snorkel without a wet suit if the water has warmed up, but a spring suit is recommended for extended snorkelling). We visited mid Feb and the water was warm enough for me to stay in for 45mins before shivering without a suit. My girlfriend wore a spring suit and had no problems.
You can hire dive equipment in Leigh on your way in & also get lessons. Weekends are busier so weekdays are recommended. Worth the visit

Visited February 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A look at Marine Life in close to land”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

It is an easy drive from Auckland about an hour. You can take your own mask and flippers, or hire them its your choice. Take a picnic, what a great day out to see the life below you. You can book trips to dive or go in the glass bottom boat. Maybe a weekend away there is so much to see and do in the Warkworth area.

Visited December 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Unique experience for first timer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

What more could you want than walk out into the water, put on your snorkel and see snapper and other sea life all around you? We arrived at low tide to see many people doing just that. This was my first visit to Goat Island Marine Reserve so without any prior knowledge of the place and I was amazed to see how easy and safe it was for people to just walk out into the water and start snorkeling! It was a calm sunny day so the conditions looked ideal. The area itself is a sheltered bay and ideal for snorkeling and diving, or exploring the rock pools if you prefer to stay on land.
We went out on the Glass Bottom Boat and saw many snapper which seemed very intrigued to see us (apparently they follow the boat expecting to get fed, but the operators don't allow it) The trip takes you around Goat Island and gives an interesting commentary of the marine reserve.
I didn't go prepared for swimming but I was happy exploring the rock pools and taking lots of photos.
There are snorkels for hire on the beach and clean toilet/changing facilities.

Handy to take sun shelter/umbrella, swimwear and picnic. Easy to spend the day there.

Visited March 2014
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Even in wet weather, worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

A beautiful place. It was rather wet and windy the day we were there, so I didn't swim. My husband did, and was amazed at the size and number of the fish. My father-in-law and I checked out the Marine Reserve Discovery Centre, which was well-arranged and presented its information in a variety of formats and in manageable amounts. Staff very friendly and helpful.

Visited February 2014
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