Snapper and blue maomao
Cape Rodney to Okakari Point became New Zealand's first marine reserve in 1975. Within ten years snapper and crayfish populations, decimated by overfishing, re-established setting off a series of changes in the ecosystem of the reserve. Nowhere else on the coast teems with such a profusion of fish life that can be easily seen by visitors. The marine reserve has returned to what we imagine it would have been like prior to the arrival of humans.
It protects 547 hectares of shore and sea spanning from Cape Rodney to Okakari Point, including the waters around Te Hāwere-a-Maki/Goat Island and is also known as Goat Island or Leigh marine reserve.
View the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (Goat Island) Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 1,273K).
You can learn more about Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve in this section, including Tikanga Maori.
The best way to experience the reserve is by snorkelling or diving. Coastal walkways meander through coastal forest and offer fine views and quiet picnic spots.
There is a range of accommodation available in the Leigh area including a camping ground, motel, bed and breakfasts, backpackers and lodge.
To get there, take SH1 to Warkworth and follow the Goat Island Marine Reserve signs. Bring good walking shoes, warm clothes, swimming and snorkelling gear, sunblock, sunhat, food and drinking water.
Find out about field trips to Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve, one of New Zealand's first marine reserves.
Just north of Auckland you'll find New Zealand's first marine reserve, Goat Island. Watch this video to learn about the wonderful wildlife found in this marine sanctuary.
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