Goat Island Walkway

Track category

Walking track


45 min to 1 hr one way


1.5 km one way


View of Motu Hawere/Goat Island from Goat Island Walkway. Photo copyright: Tony and Jenny Enderby.
View of Motu Hawere/Goat Island from Goat Island Walkway

This return walk traverses the coast part way to Cape Rodney overlooking New Zealand’s oldest and most popular marine reserve.

Walk up the Auckland University Marine Laboratory driveway to the start of the track. The track passes along the cliff-top beyond the marine laboratory through paddocks and fine remnants of coastal broadleaf forest. 

There may be stock in the section through the farm paddocks. 

Goat Island Walkway.
Bush section, Goat Island Walkway

In the distance you can see Hauturu or Little Barrier Island, a nature reserve now rat-free that is home to tuatara, giant weta and a huge variety of native birds.

Getting there

From the Goat Island Road end, off Pakiri-Leigh Road, east of Warkworth.

Park at the marine reserve carpark and walk up the driveway to the Leigh Marine Laboratory. The walk starts on the right, 50 metres inside the gate.

The walkway is 83 km from downtown Auckland.


Diving and snorkelling Diving and snorkelling
Guided activities Guided activities

Go snorkelling or for a ride in the Glass Bottom Boat to check out the abundant sea life.

Plan and prepare

Dogs are not permitted on the tracks because of the threat they pose to stock and wildlife. Exceptions include certified guide dogs and permitted hunting dogs.

Related links


Find out more


DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map


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
Email:   warkworth@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Give feedback on a recent visit to a DOC place