Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
The Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre is a research, education, and conservation center located on Goat Island, New Zealand. The Centre is operated by the Department of Conservation and is dedicated to educating visitors about the marine life and conservation efforts in the Goat Island Marine Reserve. The reserve is the first marine reserve in New Zealand, it was established in 1975, and it is home to a diverse range of marine life, including colorful fish, dolphins, and whales.
The Centre offers a range of interactive exhibits, displays, and educational programs that allow visitors to learn about the marine life and conservation efforts in the reserve. Visitors can explore the exhibits and displays and learn about the different marine species that live in the reserve, as well as the conservation efforts that are being undertaken to protect them. The Centre also offers a range of guided tours and activities, such as snorkeling, diving and kayaking, that allow visitors to explore the reserve and see the marine life up close.
To get to Goat Island, visitors can take a car or a shuttle from Auckland. The island is well-connected by public transportation, and the nearest bus stop is only a few minutes away. There is also a car park available on the island for visitors who prefer to drive. Once on the island, visitors can visit the Centre and book a tour or activity.
The Centre is open year-round, and visitors can drop in during opening hours, however, guided tours and activities may have specific schedules, so it’s best to check the Centre’s website or call ahead