The Seafriends Marine Conservation and Education Centre is your central
point of contact for local information, EFTPOS, snorkel hire, meals, aquariums,
sea exhibition. Seafriends is located centrally to the beaches and activities
in the area, about 800m from Goat Island.
clean warm showers (2)
clean toilets (3)
excellent and clean cooking facilities
barbecue and brazier; stay warm in the evenings.
many terraces and seating; plan your party here.
the education centre and café are great dry places for when it rains
snorkel rental with discounts for groups. Protective long wetsuits in sizes
from 5 year old. Huge choice, many sizes. Cleanest, cheapest. Optical masks
for short- and long-sightedness. Professional advice.
budget beach SCUBA diving and budget dive fills
café with great coffee and budget meals; give mum a break.
fast internet access and WIFI with laser printing, in a convivial café
EFTPOS and credit cards
extensive information about the sea with large sea library; unlimited reading;
thousands of photographs; slide shows.
marine saltwater ecosystem aquariums with over 100 species.
walk with stunning views; information about local walks.
a welcome respite from busy campings, queues, stringent camp rules, noise
Address: 7 Goat Island Road, LEIGH RD5
Contact: ph 09 4226212 or by email
View of the parking and Seafriends education centre/café
bottom left. Buses can turn here.
Hundreds of high quality snorkel sets in all sizes. Thick
5mm summer suits to keep you warm and even thicker winter suits. Optical
masks for near- and far-sighted. This picture shows only half our stock.
The outside kitchen is often a focal point close to meal
A convivial atmosphere in the Seafriends Café.
Extensive seating on the café terrace and main
terrace in the background.
Main terrace seating for large groups.
Beach fun at Goat Island beach
Island camping The Goat Island Camping is located only 300m from Goat Island Beach,
a convenient walking distance, leaving the car behind on the camp site.
Established in around 1990, it has gradually extended its accommodation
and facilities. Note! no EFTPOS available!
tenting, cabins and bunks
powered sites for caravans and tents
views of the sea
Address: Goat Island Rd; Leigh
Contact: Tim and Fiona Baker; Ph 09422 6185
The Whangateau Holiday Park is maintained by the Auckland City Council.
5 km from Goat Island
at an estuarine beach, safe for small children, with large sandy tide pools.
Aerial photo of the Whangateau Harbour with the Domain in
the foreground and the holiday park just beneath bottom right corner. In
the very right hand bottom the tenting field.
The entrance to the Whangateau Domain camp site, showing
permanent caravans, cabins and units.
Barn The Barn has a communal area with beds and bunks in smaller rooms around
it. No room for tenting. The Barn is hired for a fixed price, accommodating
up to 12 people in bakpacker style.
backpacker style for 12
hire whole barn
300m from Seafriends; 1 km from Goat Island.
Contact: Andrea Alexander Ph 09422 6123
Kiri Marae Located near Cape Rodney and a Maori cemetery, the Te Kiri marae offers
accommodation to 40-60 people in marae style in the Whare Nui. In the evening
visitors may receive Maori culture. Bedding provided but visitors need
to bring own sleeping bags. The Marae's large kitchen can cater for many
more, and food can be provided.
2 km from Goat Island
Catering included on request
Good meeting facilities
near local beach
Contact: Ph 09422 6261
Surfside Lodge and Motorcamp The Pakiri Surfside Lodge and Motorcamp has been operating for a long
time. It is located at one of New Zealand's most pristine beaches where
the Pakiri River enters the sea. It is only a 5 minute walk from camp to
Large, 150 tent sites
beach front cottages, lodges, cabins
EFTPOS, linen hire, TV
10 km from Goat Island
located by a fine open beach
and more ...
An aerial view of the Pakiri Motorcamp, with the road at
the bottom of the picture curving around the dune towards the promontory,
and onto the wide beach. In the top of the picture the Pakiri River. Picture
Regional Park The Tawharanui peninsula is protected as regional park with a marine
reserve on its NW coast. It provides for a network of walks and a primitive
camp site near an ocean beach. It is reached over a long, winding road.
45 minutes away from Goat Island
owned and operated by the Auckland Regional Council