Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat is a popular, fully commentated 45-minute tour showcasing the area’s marine life. To get a closer look, kayaks, wetsuits and snorkel gear are available for hire at the beach. Weather & sea conditions permitting.


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Located in Leigh (just one hour north of Auckland), 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 and preservation of New Zealand’s first marine reserve.

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Owned and operated by experienced skipper Scott Pennington, the 49-seat glass bottom boat “Aquador” runs multiple trips daily, departing from the beach at Goat Island Marine Reserve. Tours run pending weather and sea conditions, and marine life varies with each trip – while there are always fish, it’s not unusual to see dolphins, whales and orcas during the trip!

Kayak & snorkel hire available on the beach. Bookings essential.


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Physical address

Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Goat Island Road, Goat Island Marine Reserve, Leigh, Auckland, 0947, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Depending on sea and wind conditions. Bookings and confirmation essential
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
100km to Auckland airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
25km to Warkworth
Proximity to town:
3 km past Leigh

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $28.00
Other charges:
If conditions only allow a 30-minute trip the trip will be reduced according to that.
Further pricing information:
Bookings are essential, in advance or on the day. Please remember to call and confirm your booking and to check on the sea and wind conditions. This can be done on the day of your booking or the evening before.

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