Goat Island marine reserve from the clifftop
Goat Island marine reserve from the clifftop

The Goat Island Marine Reserve is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Auckland region.

Some Ideas ..

Most of our regular vistors to Goat Island Camping are familiar with the fun attractions around Goat Island and Leigh, our local village.  If you are from further afield or maybe overseas, there are so many sights and activities for the visitor within a half hours drive. Here are a few of the possibilities to occupy your day, assuming that you don't want to just sit in the shade with a wine and a book.



                                             
mmm .. fish and chips
mmm .. fish and chips

Goat Island Marine Reserve - Auckland region

Videos about the fish life at Goat Island Marine Reserve:
Click - Meet the Locals

Click - Meet Monkey Face


The camp overlooks this area, it is a short ten minute walk to the beach. This reserve is one of the most popular attractions in the Auckland region. The beach is safe to swim at, so you can hire a set of snorkel gear at the camp or bring your own, swim out to the island just a hundred metres offshore. The fish are the world's friendliest fish and everywhere! You may also hire a Kayak and take yourself exploring around the island.
Maybe you would just like to stay dry?.. sit back and take the Glass Bottom Boat tour instead.


 
Hen And Chicken Islands
Hen And Chicken Islands

Just Walking

 

One of many .. If you wish to take a walk up and along the cliffs, there are fabulous views out to sea, The Hen and Chicken Islands, Little Barrier Island.
Fantastic fish and chips in the village afterwards? or a BBQ back at camp?
Sun 'n' Surf. Pakiri Beach New Zealand
Sun 'n' Surf. Pakiri Beach New Zealand

Surf 'n' Sand

Like to surf? Pakiri beach is a ten minute drive away over the hill, beautiful white sand and surf. Horse riding is a little further along on the beach and worth checking out.
Fishing is good around the area (not in the reserve of course) from the rocks all up and down the coast, maybe even gather some shellfish at the Tawharanui estuary ten minutes away, it is a good spot to have a wander at low tide.
Pakiri Beach horse riding
Pakiri Beach horse riding
 


Horse Riding at Pakiri Beach.

Farmers Market Matakana
Farmers Market Matakana

Market Wanderings

There are market days in the nearby village of Matakana with some nice pubs and cafes. Warkworth is the main town that is closest and about twenty five minutes drive. more great shops to browse around, art galleries and more cafes boats and a boardwalk along the riverbank right in the town centre.
Go a little further and you are at Puhoi an historic little town with a great atmosphere. Take the trip down the Puhoi river by canoe .. great fun.
Ascension Vineyard
Ascension Vineyard

Vineyards

There are many vineyards in the area that you may be interested in visiting, many with cafes and tasting available.
What you will find though, is that back at your campsite there are many friendly people who will be able to offer other suggestions on what to do .. or you could just sit in the shade with a wine or a beer and a book....