Goat Island Coastal Walkway

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island is a popular destination north of Auckland on the beautiful East Coast the area is popular with scuba divers and snorkeler's as this is a no take marine reserve dedicated to protecting marine life.

The marine reserve was established back in 1975 by scientists working at the Leigh Marine Laboratory which is located on the land directly in front of Goat Island. the marine reserve is also New Zealand's oldest running marine reserve.

The coastal walkway is accessed along the Marine Laboratory access road there is a sign designating the start of the track, a moderate climb up a well maintained path takes you to the top of the hill overlooking Goat Island.

The view from the top is fantastic looking down over the Marine Laboratory and Goat Island below and north up the east coast to Pakiri Beach, from here the track levels out before descending down into a valley.

The valley section provides stunning native trees that line the track and as you wind around the cliff you get glimpses of the ocean below the valley section provides some relief from the hot sun.

Once out of the valley the track rises gradually and is more open and lined with native Flax allowing fantastic views south along the East Coast, with views of Little Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula in the distance.

At the very end of the walkway there is a gate, the track here is over private property and rises up through open farmland to the Cape Rodney Road so you can be picked up here or return along the coastal walkway.

The Goat Island Coastal Walkway is well maintained with a gravel surface suitable for all weather conditions, the walk is rated as easy and suitable for all the family, the walk takes around 45 minutes one way to complete and provides stunning ocean views over the East Coast. 


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