Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

A visit to the Discovery Centre is a must for all visitors to Leigh and Goat Island. Learn about the reserve and marine life, then head down the hill 250 metres to the beach for the rocky shore, swimming, snorkelling and diving.

About the Centre

The Centre is your perfect introduction to Goat Island and its marine life. Learn about the nature of life under the sea and become ready to explore New Zealand’s most famous marine reserve.

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At the end of Goat Island Road, only a 5 minute walk along a concrete pathway that starts near the main beach - with easy signs to show you the way.  Parking is available in the Department of Conservation (DOC) car park. 

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Opening Hours

From August 2014 The Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre is open on Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Opening hours vary by season.


Admission prices