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April 8th, 2014
G is for Goat Island


Goat Island is an island off the coast of Leigh, not far north of Auckland. It’s part of a marine reserve and is a great place to spend a summer day swimming, snorkelling, diving and taking a trip on the glass bottom boat. The island was named Goat Island because sailors/whalers released goats on the island and would return to hunt them to obtain fresh meat after a long sea voyage.


This is a shot of Goat Island from the mainland. The tide is out in this photo, and you can see the rocks where fish dart around and hide.

These are blue mau-mau, and this photo was taken from the rocks. You can wade into the water and huge snapper swim around your legs. It’s a bit freaky but cool too. People used to feed them frozen peas, although this isn’t allowed these days. The snapper can get quite aggressive and go into a feeding frenzy. People have lost fingers.

Do you like to swim? Snorkel?

14 comments to “G is for Goat Island”

  1. Mary Kirkland
      · April 8th, 2014 at 2:20 am · Link

    That is just so pretty. Feeding frenzy over frozen peas? I have never been snorkeling I have a bit of fear of water where I can’t see the bottom. I used to live near a beach when I lived in California and never went in the ocean past my ankles. lol

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 8th, 2014 at 2:34 am · Link

      I like to be able to touch the bottom too. Snapper have sharp teeth. I kept my fingers out of the water and left the peas at home in the freezer!

  2. Veronica Sicoe
      · April 8th, 2014 at 3:21 am · Link

    I’d love to go snorkeling around that island! Looks great.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 8th, 2014 at 2:02 pm · Link

      It’s a really pretty and popular area for locals during the summer.

  3. Diane Coto
      · April 8th, 2014 at 7:09 am · Link

    Hi there – I agree with the other post, this is very pretty. I’m part of the A – Z Challenge also. Good luck through the rest of April. :)

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 8th, 2014 at 2:02 pm · Link

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. LuAnn Braley
      · April 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am · Link

    Beautiful scenery! I understand about the fish. I ran into the same problem with some ducks at a pond near where I used to work. I ended up having to RUN!

    LuAnn Braley
    AJ’s Hooligans @AtoZChallenge
    Back Porchervations

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 8th, 2014 at 2:03 pm · Link

      LOL – You can’t get between ducks and food either.

  5. anna@herding cats & burning soup
      · April 8th, 2014 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Oh yes that is totally freaky. I’d have to watch from shore. lol They lost fingers? Gah! Nope. Staying on shore.

    Are there still goats on the island?

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 8th, 2014 at 2:03 pm · Link

      No, the goats are long gone, but the name remains.

  6. Liz A.
      · April 8th, 2014 at 1:22 pm · Link

    I think the fish would freak me out a bit. I’ve never been snorkeling. (I don’t enjoy swimming that much, either.)

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 8th, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

      The glass bottom boat is great for those who don’t enjoy swimming or snorkeling. You can also walk around the rocks and see a lot of the fish without getting wet.

  7. Nancy Henderson
      · April 8th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Gorgeous fish! I love looking at fish. I’ve never snorkeled. I’m not very brave. It’s something I’d love to do but I’m just scared.

  8. Leslie S. Rose
      · April 8th, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    I am DYING DYING DYING to go to New Zealand. I’ll have to consult you when I finally plan a trip. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Those pix are stunning.