Snorkelling with snapper, Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island). Photo: Brian Mackie. DOC USE ONLY.

Snorkelling with snapper, Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

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Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve is probably New Zealand’s best known marine reserve. It is often called Goat Island (or Leigh) Marine Reserve. Although it covers just 5 km of coastline, it is visited by about 300,000 people a year. It is also the oldest marine reserve in the country, established in 1975 by scientists at the nearby Leigh Marine Laboratory.

The reserve is easily accessible for families. It’s a great place for rock-pooling and snorkelling, and is close to two popular coastal walkways. 

Visitors are welcome to picnic, swim and generally enjoy a day at the beach, but please observe the usual marine reserve rules: don’t take anything away except your rubbish, and if you lift the rocks, please put them back.

Find out about the region, and book accommodation, guided trips and experiences.

View the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (Goat Island) Marine Reserve brochure (PDF, 1,273K).


Cape Rodney to Okakari Point Marine Reserve is located 3.5 km from Leigh township, about one and a half hour's drive from Auckland.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Auckland places



Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:      +64 9 425 7812
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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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