Goat Island, NZ: Look, learn, play & explore in New Zealand’s first marine reserve!
There are three ways to explore Goat Island, NZ: Take a Glass Bottom Boat tour, hire snorkel gear, or explore aboard your own kayak.
Located in Leigh (just north of Auckland), Glass Bottom Boat Ltd runs a popular, fully commentated 45-minute tour showcasing the area’s marine life, fauna, birds, reefs and caves. During the trip, guests learn about the history, preservation and protection of New Zealand’s first marine reserve.
The 49-seat glass bottom boat “Aquador” runs multiple trips daily, departing from the beach at Goat Island Marine Reserve. Tours run pending weather and sea conditions, and marine life varies with each trip.
After the tour concludes, the exploration can continue with Goat Island NZ’s kayak and snorkel hire, giving visitors the chance to get even closer to fish, birds and other marine life that call this coastal reserve home. Double and single ‘sit on top’ kayaks are available, as well as wetsuits and full snorkel gear.
Booking is essential – and simple. Guests can book all activities in advance through the Goat Island NZ website (www.glassbottomboat.co.nz). Same-day bookings are accepted on the beach if there is space available. If activities are cancelled due to poor weather or sea conditions, guests will be notified and rescheduled or refunded.
Glass Bottom Boat Prices
- Adults $40
- Children (3-15years) $20
- Seniors (with Gold Card) $30
- Infants – free
- Group discounts by negotiation (We do not offer discounts for large families or tour groups. You must be associated with a school, social or professional organisation to receive our group pricing).
Goat Island Marine Life
While there are hundreds of species of marine life that call Goat Island Marine Reserve home, sea and weather conditions influence which ones we see during each trip – making every tour unique!
Marine life seen in the reserve includes:
Fish: snapper, blue maomao, parore, red moki, goatfish, leatherjackets, sweep, blue cod, spotties, kelpfish, marblefish, wrasse, two spotted demoiselles, eagle rays and stingrays. Some of the snapper – for which the reserve is famous – are a metre long and have lived in the reserve for many years.
Birds: pied shags, red-billed and Dominican seagulls, Black back gulls, little blue penguins, reef herons, terns, gannets and petrels.
Other marine life: kina, turbans, kelp, seaweeds, mosses, lichens, sponges, anemones – and sometimes even dolphins, orcas, and whales!
Glass Bottom Boat, Goat Island Marine Reserve Tours, Kayak & Snorkel Hire, Leigh Enquiry Form
Goat Island Road
Phone: +64 9 422 6334
Mobile: +64 274 979 764
Web: Visit website