Goat Island is a New Zealand gem. In the summer, it is packed because of its beautiful surroundings and the not-so-shy creatures that loom in the sea. Goat island is known for snorkelling and the beautiful marine wildlife. Arrive early with a packed lunch and a good under-water camera.
Goat island is situated around 1 hour north of Auckland so a great day trip if you’re getting bored with the city. Goat island is a marine reserve so all the sea life are protected and not to be caught. This means there is a healthy amount of beautiful fish that come say hello inches from your face! It really is an experience to be that close to the sea life. I have been to goat island twice now. The first time I was there the weather was absolutely beautiful and I saw some really fascinating colourful fish. I even swam over a stingray! The second time wasn’t as good because it was showering randomly and the water turned murky. If you are thinking of heading there on a cloudy and possibly wet day I wouldn’t bother because you will only be disappointed! Oh, and watch out for the ducks who will pinch your food and also the dodgy fat looking seagull that looks like it has eaten waaaaay too many pies.
Go check out Goat Island in the summer for sure if you are up north. Bring your snorkel and flippers but, don’t worry if you don’t, there are a couple of places on the way where you can hire all your equipment for a full or half day, and there’s a stand nearby the beach as well. Wetsuits are not essential but if you are going to be there the whole day then it could be a good idea. If you are looking to stay in Auckland check out Agoda for amazing deals on hotels and if you’re into hostels then check out Hostelworld!