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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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A Special Place to Visit

Even if you are not a swimmer the Goat Is Marine Reserve is a great place to visit. There are walking tracks to enjoy and the beach is so pretty. Looking in the water from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Noelene B
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you are not a swimmer the Goat Is Marine Reserve is a great place to visit. There are walking tracks to enjoy and the beach is so pretty. Looking in the water from the rocks one often sees fish. A great days outing for any family with rock pools to explore and the beach to enjoy for a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Just 70 mins drive north of Auckland is Goat Island and the Cape rodney to Okakari point marine reserve where you can easily spend ½ day swimming with the fishes, catching a few ‘rays’ while chilling near the base of one of the large trees on the edge of the beach or taking in the great views of the coastline... More 

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Thank Stuart M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I went snorkeling here for the second time on wednesday. I went around the entire island and went inside the caves on the east side. Truly an amazing experience. I'm not very experienced at snorkeling but I managed just fine. Going around the northern tip is the most difficult portion just because you're essentially in open water. If you want... More 

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Thank Jacob W
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We were lucky to have a couple of relatively calm days at the reserve, with 6-7 meter visability. We snorkelled straight for the rocky out cropping (Shag Rock) on the nearside of the island, and then continued on around the right hand side of the rocks and into the small bay alongside the island (ABC Bay), we found large amounts... More 

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Thank Máirtín Ó
Warkworth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

You aren't meant to, but a tiny piece- the size of your little finger will bring the fish all around you. catch them on film and study their underwater habitat.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

We were there at the end of February and there were several school classes preparing to go snorkeling at the same time. Couldn't help but notice they charged into the water with little regard for the reef, splashing around carelessly with their flippers and feet, scraping what little coral there is as they entered the water. Don't know what the... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

The sea was cold so we were glad that we had wetsuits. There was quite a swell and the visibility was reduced so you would need to be a good swimmer. We did see a lot of different fish though and spent a long time enjoying the spectacle. The car park was crowded so it may be a problem finding... More 

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Thank Mary D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

On arrival the beach looked great, lots of sand. Heaps of big rocks to sit and relax on the beach. We had attempted to go snorkelling but to our disappointment there were too many rocks to get through. So unfortunately we just had to chill on the sand.

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Thank Natasha N
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to take kids especially if it's only a quick trip away like a long weekend.. Best to bring your own gear like a mask/goggles as my partner and I arrived at 2pm and everything was booked out. Felt it was probably too wavy to see anything anyway. Options to hire wetsuits or go on a... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited early in the morning before all the crowds turned up. Sea was cold so I was pleased we had wetsuits and sand shoes. There was very few fish in the water but still relaxing. We had a picnic lunch so enjoyed sitting on one of the tables enjoying the view.

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