Goat Island Camping
camping options for Goat Island

SEAFRIENDS has changed.
For café, snorkel hire, school programmes go to  the Octopus Hideaway

For learning about our seas and planet, begin at the home page of seafriends.org.nz
A visit to Goat Island marine reserve is for many a long trip away from home, reason why staying overnight can be a cost saving option. This page shows your options and what to expect.

where - snorkel/dive - hire prices - safety suits - sea conditions - Goat Island - café - aquariums - schools

Go to Seafriends home page  Seafriends Field Centre     Rev: 20090301,20091030,


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.

Address: 7 Goat Island Road, LEIGH  RD5
Contact: ph 09 4226212  or by email
Seafriends, parking and centre in foreground
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 times.
Seafriends café
A convivial atmosphere in the Seafriends Café.
café terrace
Extensive seating on the café terrace and main terrace in the background.
Main terrace seating for large groups.

Beach fun at Goat Island beach

Goat 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! Address: Goat Island Rd; Leigh
Contact: Tim and Fiona Baker; Ph 09422 6185

Whangateau Holiday Park

The Whangateau Holiday Park is maintained by the Auckland City Council.

contact Donna or Nigel Scott 094226305, Fax 094226686
e-mail: whpark@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
web site: www.whangateauholidaypark.co.nz
aerial view of Whangateau Harbour and village
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.

The 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. Address:
Contact: Andrea  Alexander Ph 09422 6123

Te Kiri MaraeTe 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. Address:
Contact: Ph 09422 6261

Pakiri 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 beach.
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 Google Earth.
Beautiful Pakiri Beach during a film shoot.

Web site: www.pakiriholidaypark.co.nz
Address: 261 Pakiri River Road, Wellsford, 0972
Contact: Colin & Teresa Foster Ph 09422 6199

Tawharanui 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.

Web site: www.arc.govt.nz/parks/our-parks/parks-in-the-region/tawharanui/
Contact: Auckland Regional Council Ph 09303 1530