THE MOST POPULAR ATTRACTION AT GOAT ISLAND
THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
LOOK, LEARN, PLAY & EXPLORE NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST MARINE RESERVE
The 45-minute fully commentated “around the island” tour gives visitors a unique perspective into New Zealand’s first marine reserve.
Peering through the glass, guests stay dry while viewing a thriving underwater ecosystem, teeming with reefs, fish and other marine life.
Above water, Goat Island is the focal point, as are the many species of birds that live in this coastal habitat.
During the tour, visitors learn about the history, preservation and continued protection of Goat Island Marine Reserve.
In addition, they can expect to learn about the various types of fish, bird and marine life viewed during the trip.
And as the sea and weather conditions are always changing, so is the wildlife seen during each tour – no trip is ever the same! Occasionally, dolphins, orcas, whales and sharks make an appearance as they migrate through the reserve.
Owned and operated by experienced skipper Scott Pennington, the 49-seat glass bottom boat “Aquador” runs multiple trips daily, departing from the beach at Goat Island Marine Reserve. Bookings are essential and can be made in advance online, or day-of on the beach.
This tour is family friendly, and suitable for guests of all ages.