Goat island Marine Reserve has been protected for over 30 years and is an amazing place to see the marine life, by snorkelling or diving straight off the beach or by taking a trip on the glass bottom boat. It's an easy drive, 80km North of Auckland, outside Leigh.  It's very quiet in the winter but oh, so busy in the summer!!  You can rent snorkel gear at several outlets before Goat Island and the Glass Bottom Boat sells tickets on the beach where it departs.The Glass Bottom Boat has a full commentary and is a good way to see the fish and stay dry. It takes you right around Goat Island to all the big caves as well.

 

.Goat Island Marine Reserve