New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Goat Island, Leigh has made the area famous as it is the best place to see marine life in abundance, just off the beach. Snorkel, scuba dive, watch the fish, explore the rocky shore, take a trip on the Glass Bottom Boat or kayak the coast.
Having been protected since 1975, this marine reserve has big snapper, blue maomao and many other species of fish close to shore. Dive and snorkel gear can be hired locally. Learn more about the marine life and studies by marine scientists at the new Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre.
Leigh, has many beautiful coastal, bush and farm walks and you can pick up a Walk brochure. The regional parks of Tawharanui, Scandretts and Mahurangi are just a short drive away and there are numerous beaches including Pakiri, Matheson Bay and Omaha.
During an easterly swell with an offshore wind, surfers have the choice of Daniel’s Reef, Tawharanui, Goat Island, Omaha or Pakiri.
Take a look at our wildlife page to find out more about the birds, whales and dolphins and other marine life in the Leigh area.
Stay a little longer in one of the accommodations in the area where there is something to suit all budgets. Camping grounds are situated at Goat Island, Pakiri and Whangateau and there are a variety of bed and breakfast rooms and self-contained accommodations.
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