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“Lovely trip”
Review of Glass Bottom Boat

Glass Bottom Boat
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Leigh
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat is a popular, fully commentated 45-minute tour showcasing the area’s abundant marine life, fauna, birds, reefs and caves. During the trip, guests learn about the history, preservation and protection of New Zealand’s first marine reserve. For those wishing to get a closer look, kayaks, wetsuits and snorkel gear are available for hire at the beach. Bookings are essential. Guests may book on the beach, however booking online or by phone is recommended to secure your seat.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

This was a lovely morning trip. The guide was informative and had excellent local knowledge. A little pricey, but enjoyable.

Thank kiwieire
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The tour only takes 45 min. and you wish you could stay longer, cause the underwater views are amazing through the glass bottom boat. My daughter (20 months old) loved it as well.
Especially the big Snapper fish! Huge!
We stayed to have a swim and a little picknick and had a lovely time near the Goat Island.

Thank Liefland
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I emailed the Glass Bottom Boat team to "reserve" our spots on a specific date, but had to call up the day before to push it back one hour. Seems like they run the boat approximately every hour, so even if you can't make it on time you can hop on the next one. Of course, it's still preferred to let them know in advance, if you've changed your plan so they won't expect to wait for you. You must call them the night before or the morning of your trip, to confirm the weather is fine and the boat will be operating.

When you get to towards the end of Goat Island Road, there will be a car park (with bathrooms) to your left - park your car there. Only the University of Auckland Marine Laboratory is at the end of the road, you will have to turn back around. Once you've parked the car, walk down the path towards the beach and look for the staff. They only accept cash or credit card (no debit/EFTPOS transactions). There are no bathrooms on the boat, so make sure you go before you get on!

The ride itself is about 45 mins and it was wonderful. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and you can tell how passionate they are about protecting this marine reserve. They did a great job not just showing everyone the underwater world, but they also educated us on the importance of preserving our marine life (bravo!). The water was clear while we were there, and we saw a lot of fish, coral and other marine life, as well as some of the caves on Goat Island.

I'd say this was totally worth it, and only wish the boat ride was longer!

Thank Candy H
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The guide was very knowledgeable and it was great to see under the sea! The boat was well kept and was clean, lots of glass on the bottom unlike some boats i have been on. Would recommend it.

Thank chelle1983
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