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About Goat Island NZ

 

 More than 300,000 people visit Goat Island NZ every year, and no trip is ever the same!

 

 Goat Island Marine Reserve is a tranquil escape, with dark, sandy beaches, vibrant reefs and lush fauna. Located in Leigh – just one hour north of Auckland – Goat Island NZ invites visitors to look, learn, play & explore with its popular Glass Bottom Boat TourKayak Snorkel Hire.

 

Established in 1975 as New Zealand’s first marine reserve, Goat Island is a protected area, which has allowed sea life and fauna to recoverand flourish. As a “no take” zone, fishing is prohibited, as is taking any items from the beach or sea. Part of our mission as an eco-tour is education – teaching the importance of preservation in these fragile ecosystems.

 

Booking is essential – and simple. Guests can book in advance online or by calling (09) 422 6334 or (027) 497 9764. Same day bookings are accepted on the beach until departure. Kayaks and snorkel gear can also be booked online or purchased on the beach directly from the Goat Island NZ team. If a tour is cancelled due to poor weather or sea conditions, guests will be notified and rescheduled or refunded.

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Snorkel Hire

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Kayak Hire


For our visitors keen to have a closer look at the Reserve’s marine life, we have kayaks and snorkel gear available for hire on the beach. The Kayak & Snorkel Hire does operate seasonally, during the warmer months – enquire within for more detail.
 

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Plus, our direct boarding from the beach allows guests to stay dry throughout the entire journey – making it a perfect activity during any season!

More than 300,000 people visit Goat Island NZ every year, and no trip is ever the same!

 

Located in Leigh – just one hour north of Auckland – Goat Island NZ invites visitors to look, learn, play & explore with its popular Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Kayak & Snorkel Hire.

As the number one attraction in Leigh, our Glass Bottom Boat Tour provides a fun and educational adventure for guests of all ages. During this 45-minute eco-tour, you will see the fish, fauna, marine life and birds that thrive in this protected reserve, as well as the mysterious caves and sea-battered rocky cliffs of Goat Island.

Look, Learn, Play & Explore!

 

Look, Learn, Play & Explore!

 

Look, Learn, Play & Explore!

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(09) 4226334/ (027) 4979764

 

Experience Goat Island NZ's Underwater World

 

 

What can I expect to see?

As an open reserve – meaning there are no barricades keeping marine life in or out of the Reserve – the species we encounter change daily. Weather and sea conditions also affect the movements of the marine life through the reserve – you never know what you will see!

Fish living in the reserve include: snapper, blue maomao, parore, red moki, goatfish, leather jackets, sweep, blue cod, spotties, kelpfish, marble fish, eagle rays and stingrays.

Sometimes we even see dolphins, orca, whales, seals and sharks! Other marine life includes: kina, turban shells, kelp, seaweeds, mosses, lichens, sponges and anemones.

Birds include: pied shags, red-billed and Dominican seagulls, little blue penguins, reef herons, terns, gannets and petrels.

 

Goat Island Marine Reserve is a tranquil escape, with dark, 

sandy & rocky beaches, thriving marine life and lush fauna. 

 

Established in 1975 as New Zealand’s first marine reserve, Goat Island is a protected area, which has allowed sea life and fauna to recover and flourish. As a “no take” zone, fishing is prohibited, as is taking any items from the beach or sea.  Part of our mission as an eco-tour is education – teaching the importance of preservation in these fragile ecosystems.

Explore Goat Island Marine Reserve

Due to water visibility, all of our tours and activities are cancelled today Thursday, 5.05.16. Please click the "Book Now" button to view availability and to make your booking. Remember to check our website the day of your tour to view our sailing report (posted here daily). Cheers!

 

Online Booking & Pricing

 

Booking is essential – and simple.

 

Guests can book in advance online or by phone. Same-day bookings are accepted on the beach until departure, however we recommend booking in advance online to avoid disappointment as our tours fill quickly. Kayaks and snorkel gear can also be booked online or hired on the beach directly from the Goat Island NZ team. Online bookings cut-off one hour prior to departure, and we accept cash, EFTPOS, Mastercard and Visa. MORE

 

Experience Goat Island

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Glass Bottom Boat Tours

 

“Highlight of our long weekend”

Reviewed 6 October 2015

The 6 kids we took with us (10 yrs - 15 yrs) all rated the Glass Bottom Boat trip as a highlight of our long weekend away to the Matakana area. We really enjoyed the skippers banter which kept it interesting, he was knowledgeable and passionate about the sea life and the reserve.

 

“What a great experience

Reviewed 26 May 2015

Wow, what a great experience. The guide was so informative and we learnt so much even though I have spent a lot of time snorkelling and diving. We felt that the experience was brilliant value for money and would highly recommend it.

Visited May 2015

 

“Sunny day at Goat Island”

Reviewed 27 October 2015

The glass bottom boat around Goat Island is amazing and well worth the $28 (adult). The tour guide is very informative and funny. We saw a variety of fish, a stingray and 2 very big jellyfish.

Visited October 2015


 

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We operate in the open sea, so please understand that our tours can be cancelled due to poor weather or sea conditions. To avoid disappointment, check our daily  sailing & weather report at 9 a.m., or before leaving your base.

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