Our family of 7 did not stay with Jenny and Tony but we went snorkeling with them through the Goat Island Dive & Snorkel Shop. If you are looking for extremely colorful fish and corals like the Great Barrier Reef or Caribbean you may be slightly disappointed. However, if you are in New Zealand, this may be the best place to go. Goat Island is a marine reserve and we were able to see stingray, snapper and other types or fish, rocks and corals through extremely clear waters. Our guides Jenny & Tony were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. You are in a wetsuit because the water is still a bit cool even in January but we were able to stay out for about an hour. I highly recommend bringing either an underwater camera or some type of underwater housing unit for your camera or phone (we used a seashell for the iPhone 5). If we are back in New Zealand (we're from Chicago) we will definitely go back and take this tour again. They provide you with all the gear and all you have to do is get there. It is about an hour's drive from downtown Auckland which is where we stayed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen-size bed with en-suite and own entrance. Close to Goat Island Marine Reserve and Sawmill Cafe. Room has fridge and TV (15 channels). Free use of sit-on kayaks for guests. ... more less