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Goat Island Marine Reserve became New Zealands first marine reserve in 1975. It's an easy day trip from Auckland taking only 1 hour up to Goat Island on a beautiful drive through the small villages of Matakana and Leigh.
Everything is protected in this reserve, the fish, shell fish and ever the seaweed. There is many species of fish to be seen and the large snappers are impressive. The sea condiitons change every day with the wind and the waves and you never know what you will see. We get dolphins visiting, sometimes whales and in the winter we sometimes even see seals from the Glass Bottom Boat.
To see the fish and marine life you need to get in the water snorkelling, of if you rather stay dry, take a Glass Bottom Boat trip.The Glass Bottom Boats full commentary 45 minutes trips takes you around Goat Island to the Big Caves.
There is a nice walk starting up by the university with spectacular views over Goat Island bay and Hauraki Gulf.
Parking is free and there is toilets in the carpark.
Goat Island is a great place to visit, winter and summer.
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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