Goat Island Marine Reserve, Warkworth

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To best experience the teeming marine habitats of Goat Island Marine Reserve, get in the water with a snorkel or scuba suit. Beneath the waves you can see seaweed forests, sponge gardens, and a multitude of colorful fish. If you'd rather stay dry, take a tour on a glass-bottomed boat, or rent a kayak or canoe. The onsite discovery center teaches visitors about life under the sea and offers a look at sea creatures housed inside a tide pool tank. To visit Goat Island Marine Reserve on your trip to Warkworth, use our Warkworth day trip app .
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  • Marine Science centre was really good value for money and my grandson thoroughly enjoyed the touch pool and sea slugs. We were even lucky enough to see an octopus released - staff were wonderful and m...  more »
  • We took our two six year old grandsons to Goat Island. Great natural experience - no gimmicks and the science centre very interesting for everyone. The student managing the centre spent some quality t...  more »
  • One of my favourite spots in Auckland. I usually just go for the scenery buy it`s a great place to kayak, snorkel or dive.  more »
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  • One of New Zealand's marine reserves. Means no fishing allowed so the fish have become accustomed to humans. Snapper and other varieties will swim right up to you and around you, and the water is crystal clear so you can just look down and see them! Snorkel and a mask are sufficient to see plenty of underwater life, or you can scuba dive of course. You can also take a glass bottomed boat ride or rent a see-through kayak - tickets for both are available to purchase right from the beach (as well as the scuba diving gear and snorkels).
  • This is a very good little marine reserve for snorkelling, though not the best I've ever visited in terms of the range of things to see. Visibility in the water was pretty good and there were large snapper and goatfish in decent numbers but not a huge amount of other species that I could easily find. Getting in an out of the water is easy and it's accessible off the beach with no strong waves or currents to contend with. Only downside for me was the temperature of the water that necessitated a wetsuit. Some hardy people go without but at 14 degrees Celsius in March I wouldn't have coped. There are places on the beach hiring out equipment at reasonable prices. There were changing rooms with a shower up by the car park, which itself is pretty spacious and I didn't struggle to park as there were plenty of space.
  • Best snorkelling in Auckland. By no means the best snorkelling I've ever done, but accessible, great for kids to learn and huge snapper. I'd go early if you don't like crowds. Gets unbelievably crowded in summer.
  • 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.
  • Great snorkeling spot

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