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?