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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 .
Goat Island Marine Reserve Reviews
This is a great place to visit, we have been twice recently taking friends and family. Both visits were out of season, so walking on the beach and going to the Auckland University Marine Laboratory wa... more »
Visited this place and enjoyed the stop. We visited out of season and on a school day and the place was empty, a few people were snorkelling and that was it. Stunning views and crystal clear water, a ... more »
Beautiful marine reserve perfect for a day of snorkelling and exploring the rock pools - plenty of marine life to see. The water is calm and clear so great for beginners; it was also still quite cool in summer but a swimsuit was fine. The beach area itself is quite narrow and high tide will cover most of the sand, so be prepared to move around a bit. There are bathrooms but no other buildings around, so pack water / a picnic if you're planning to spend the whole day.
Great experience, lots of fish to see in the water and often they follow you around. Try pick a day after there has been a day or two of low winds. Even if it's sunny, if it was or it's windy, the water becomes murky and visibility drops down to a few metres.
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