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Events Calendar

Te Hāwere-a-Maki/Goat Island Snorkel Day

Goat Island snorkel 24

Celebrate Seaweek and join us in exploring the waters of Te Hāwere-a-maki Goat Island Marine Reserve with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover huge tāmure (snapper), red moki, eagle rays, kōura (crayfish) and more! Whilst not in the water you can learn more about your local marine and freshwater environments at our info stalls. Safe fun for the whole whānau. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements via email, on website and facebook page.

This event is run in partnership with Whitebait Connection, Seaweek and the Goat Island Discovery Centre and is funded by Water Safety NZ, The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa.


Saturday 2nd March

10.30am - 3.30pm

Preregistration recommended


Beginners Group: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Intermediate/Advanced Group: 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Beginners Group: 2.00pm - 3.30pm


Group definitions:

Beginners group - First time snorkellers, non swimmers or low confidence swimmers welcome.

Intermediate/Advanced groups - This group is for people who have snorkelled at least once or twice before, and have moderate swimming ability or above.


Where: Goat Island Marine Reserve, 150 Goat Island Road, Leigh



Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 4 years and up. All children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.


Experiencing Marine Reserves runs a series of free and subsidised events throughout the year - we rely on your support to make them happen. We appreciate donations, either cash/eftpos on the day, online or by giving a koha of your time volunteering at a future event.


If you are unwell or isolating please do not attend this event.