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Located in Leigh, Goat Island is New Zealand's first marine reserve created in 1975. It is a part of the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve, New Zealand's first marine reserve. Within a decade, this marine reserve has transformed into one of the most ecologically rich and diverse hotspots. This island is a reserve that belongs to Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park. Moreover, it is also spiritually important to local Māori tribe, Ngāti Manuhiri, because their ancestral waka (canoe), Moe Karaka, is said to have lived nearby. The best way to experience the beauty of this island is by getting into the water.
Goat Island is best suitable for snorkelers as its channel is between 2 meters and 5 meters. The water here may have slight currents running through them and when the current in the water increases, snorkelers may find it difficult to swim against it. Clearest waters can be seen in this island from January to June. However, it is recommended that you are cautious and only snorkel with proper gear as there are fish and coral in the water, which can hurt you. Goat Island also offers spectacular picnic spots for memorable dates for couples and for some family fun with the kids.
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