Goat Island Marine Reserve

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve is New Zealand’s best known fully protected marine reserve. It is often called Goat Island (or Leigh) Marine Reserve. Although it covers just 5 km of coastline, it is visited by over 300,000 people a year (last count many years ago). It is also the oldest marine reserve in the country, established in 1975 by scientists at the nearby Leigh Marine Laboratory.

The reserve is easily accessible for families. Goat Island itself is located only 100 metres from the safe beach access in the Marine Reserve. It is famous for it's amazing 
snorkelling and diving providing safe and shallow conditions.

With the channel only 2 metres deep and west of the island 3-8 metres deep, this protected environment remains calm and an easy place to explore. You can 
snorkel and dive straight off the beach all year round making it a convenient way to see an abundance of marine life. If you are not feeling confident or would like to be guided call us on 09 422 6925 or click here.

Entrance to Goat Island Marine Reserve is FREE! Visitors are welcome to picnic, swim and generally enjoy a day at the beach, but please observe the usual marine reserve rules: don’t take anything away except your rubbish, and if you lift the rocks, please put them back.

Where is Goat Island Marine Reserve?

Cape Rodney to Okakari Point Marine Reserve is located 3.5 km from Leigh township, about one and a half hour's drive from Auckland. Click here for driving directions.

Where is Goat Island Dive & Snorkel?

at Island Dive & Snorkel is found 800 metres out of Leigh on the way to the Marine Reserve, 142a Pakiri Rd, Leigh.  Click here for driving directions.

Shop Hours

Currently closed for winter. Opening 5th of September 2017
For any inquires send us an email on Dive@goatislanddive.co.nz

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Understand the Benefits of Marine Reserves

What Else Can You Do?

Marine Discovery Centre (Auckland Marine University)

To the right of the beach, cross the one lane bridge and walk up the hill to the Marine Discovery Centre hosting a wealth of information and history about the Goat Island Marine Reserve. Allow for at least an hour to make the most of the awesome information available

- Adults $10 Adults, Children $5 or $20 for the family (2 adults, 2 children).


Goat Island Walks

The Rocks
Walk around the rocks to the right at low tide and you'll come across the Blue Maomao channel cutting through the rocks. It's an awesome sight with Snapper, Parore and Blue Maomao darting around in the channel.

Goat Island Beach Walk
At low tide, stroll down the beach towards Pakiri Beach (go left) until you reach the rock flats with rock pools displaying many of the oceans critters left behind with the tide. Keep walking to the edge of the reserve, Okakari Point (allow 3 hours return). It covers secluded sandy beaches, boulders and rocky outcrops.

Goat Island Coastal Walk
Walk east up past the Marine Discovery Centre, follow the cliff line and look for the markers. There are spectacular views of Goat Island, Pakiri beach and out over the Hauraki Gulf Island's. The track decends through a valley of native bush and emerges at tabletop reef. You can opt for the loop track which takes around 90 minutes.
Blue Maomao Channel 

Goat Island Coastal Walk

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