Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkeling
The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in New Zealand.
Sunday 10 July 2016 06:25 GMT
North of Auckland and Leigh, the snorkeling at Goat Island Marine Reserve is ideal for beginners and those learning to snorkel. The Goat Island Marine Reserve is also known as the Cape Rodney - Okakari Point Marine Reserve and is the oldest marine reserve in New Zealand.
From the mainland beach access point, Goat Island is a short 100m snorkel across a shallow 2m deep channel. The best time of year for snorkeling around Goat Island is from January to June. You can expect to see stingrays, star fish, snapper and red moki fish. Matter of fact, keep an eye out for the large old snapper that frequents the southwest side of the island and also in Alphabet Bay. On the island, you are only permitted to walk along the rocky shoreline and not into the interior of the island.
To reach Auckland by air, fly into Auckland Airport (AKL), which is located south of Auckland. To reach the snorkeling at Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve from Auckland, head north on SH1 to Warkworth. Follow the Goat Island Marine Reserve signs to the main parking area.
Overall, Goat Island Marine Reserve is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in New Zealand.