We are open Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.  If you would like to book a group visit through the week days please email t.haggitt@auckland.ac.nz.

COVID-19 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Under the Red and Orange Covid-19 Traffic light framework and in accordance with University of Auckland Policy the following applies:

The wearing of face masks is mandatory for all visitors ages 8 and up.

A 1.2% surcharge applies to credit card transactions. We do not have apple pay.

During our winter period from the 1st of May we are open to the public on the weekends only.  We can also open during the week for group bookings of over 10 people.  Please contact Tim Haggitt by email at t.haggitt@auckland.ac.nz to arrange a time and date.

Parking is not permitted on University Grounds under the traffic light system other than for patrons with mobility impairment.  A valid mobility impairment sign will be required to be displayed and will be checked by staff. 

These measures are in place to protect your safety.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Opening Hours

Weekends 10am to 4pm. 

Please see planning a visit tab for more information relating to COVID-19 entry requirements.

Admission

Please see planning a visit tab for more information relating to COVID-19 entry requirements.

Infant (under 4 years) Free
Child (4 to 15 years) $5
Senior citizen/student (with ID) $7
Adult (16 years+) $9
Family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) $20

Parking

Parking is available in the Department of Conservation (DOC) car parks above the main beach.  From there, it is an easy 250-metre (five-minute walk) up to the Discovery Centre. There is NO public parking outside of the Centre

Disability parking

There are disability car parks in front of the centre. Please call for more information.

Phone +64 9 923 3645

Directions

Directions from Wellsford (North)

Distance from State Highway 1 is 33.5km

Travel time: 38 mins

  1. At Wellsford, turn left onto Matheson Road (signs for Tomarata/Whangaripo Valley/Pakiri Beach)
  2. Continue onto Whangaripo Valley Road
  3. Turn left onto Pakiri Road
  4. Turn left onto Goat Island Road
  5. Park in the parking areas and follow the signs and path to the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre!

Directions from Auckland (South)

Distance from State Highway 1 is 84km

Travel time:1 hour 10 mins

  1. Take State Highway 1 across the Harbour Bridge
  2. At Warkworth, turn right onto Sandspit Road
  3. Turn left onto Matakana Road
  4. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Leigh Road
  5. Continue onto Hauraki Road
  6. Turn left onto Seatoun Avenue
  7. Turn left onto Pakiri Road
  8. Take the second right onto Goat Island Road
  9. Park in the parking areas and follow the signs and path to the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre!

Note: there is a road  toll on this route.

160 Goat Island Road

(09) 923 3645

Email  t.haggitt@auckland.ac.nz