Snorkellling amongst snapper at Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve

Image: Brian Mackie | ©


Splash about in rock pools, discover a hidden forest or dive in to get up close with thousands of fish on Goat Island (Motu Hāmure). Beneath the waves you may see seaweed forests, sponge gardens, snapper/tāmure and crayfish/koura.


  • Discover a whole new world under the waves – view marine life from most shallow areas of the reserve, particularly the rocky platform near the main beach.
  • Walk along the stunning coastline – you might even spot a whale/tohorā or dolphin/aihe out to sea.
  • No feeding the fish – it makes them grumpy.


Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 678K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve is 80 km north of Auckland. At the northern end of Warkworth, turn off SH 1 onto Sandspit Road, then into Matakana Road, which becomes Leigh Road in Matakana. From Leigh, take Pakiri Road then turn off onto Goat Island Road.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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