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Goat Island Marine Reserve

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Address: Goat Island Road | Leigh, Warkworth, New Zealand
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09-422-6334
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Perfect day trip from Auckland

Great place to go snorkeling and observe some marine life. The water can be a bit murky, but just take your time to explore the area around the island. The beach and the car park... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
barsegh
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go snorkeling and observe some marine life. The water can be a bit murky, but just take your time to explore the area around the island. The beach and the car park can get pretty crowded, but you can easily find a quiet snorkeling spot for yourself.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to do. Clear kayaks, great sweim / snorkel, so many fish! Then the university exhibition on the hill. Excellent for all the family.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hadn't been to goat island for 22 years and checked it out mid week for a day too from Auckland. The drive was easy enough and got there with only a handful of others about 10am. Turns out you can't rent down by the beach during "off peak" late summer. So headed back up the hill to get some... More 

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Warkworth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The marine reserve and attached Research Centre is a hive of maritime activity both above and below the waves. In the Research Centre, interactive displays and live sea creatures wow any agegroup. There's nothing really quite like picking up a live starfish, or offering your fingers to the big octopus (eww, sticky!). Down on the beach, there's the glass bottom... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great family activity of snorkelling right from the beach at the Goat Island Marine reserve. Must swim some distance from the beach to have clear waters to see more. Water is cool so only about 40mins and then got too cold and had to get out of the water. Currents were somewhat strong so flippers needed if not a strong... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect for families, snorkel straight from the beach, a bit of a swell the day we went but still saw fish. A little murky as sand drenching was going on quite a long way off the beach and was also s cloudy day, still worth the visit. Lots of other bits to go in surrounding area.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and son went snorkeling, easy hire of necessary equipment there on site. They really enjoyed their time in the water and saw an Eagle ray. My other son didn't want to snorkel and I had a calf injury so we visited the Auckland University Marine Center which was fun (especially the quiz you can walk around and do... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

What a awesome experience, beautiful marine life, we saw lots of fish and stingrays. I do recommend that you invest in your own gear, we bought our own snorkel set for $50 each at the dive shop in Leigh, the staff were awesome. Great activity for people that enjoy the outdoors and the ocean. Limited shady areas it can get... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

We had planned on snorkeling Goat island on January 21. It was a windy day, we should have tried to get there earlier. We rented wet suits at the dive shop, but they have lots of them right on the beach, for a bit cheaper. The water was cold, and even with a wetsuit we stayed only 30 minutes. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

We recently spent an afternoon here & hired a clear bottomed kyack from the beach.....you HAVE to do this if you visit. It was such a great experience watching the snapper swimming underneath the kyack. We also saw an Eagle Ray. It costs just $10NZ for half an hour but they're nicely relaxed with the time.

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