Discover Goat Island

Albert Street Bed & Breakfast at Leigh

Map: locationLeigh, just 80km (about one hour's drive), north of Central Auckland, New Zealand, Click the map on the right to enlarge. is best known for New Zealand's first marine reserve at Goat Island. Visitors can have close encounters with large fish either by snorkel or scuba. There are also many nice walking tracks with spectacular views, good beaches for swimming, boat ramp and wharf. Leigh Sawmill Cafe has tasty food and gigs, Leigh Eats offers great eat in or takeaway foods and Leigh Bar offers a chance to view the latest sporting events while dining or over a drink. Leigh is just a 14-minute drive to Matakana which is famous for its markets and cinemas.  

Bottlenose dolphins at Goat Island        
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Just a one-minute drive or 400m walk to the Sawmill Cafe, the Leigh Bar and Leigh Eats.

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Walking TrackKayaking There are numerous walking tracks in the Leigh area with something to suit everyone, including Leigh Harbour Walkway, Leigh Coastal Walkway, Goat Island Walkway, Matheson Bush and Ti Point.
Goat Island DiveDive or snorkel off the beach at Goat Island or kayak the beautiful Leigh coastline. Snorkelling is easy with plenty of big fishes to see. Pretty Matheson Bay is the best swimming beach.
The wildlife is pretty special with regular visits by dolphins and orca, good birdlife including pied shags, tui, kaka, bellbirds and penguins. Seals winter over at Goat Island and whales occasionally pass by.
Visit the Matakana Markets and the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre. If you strike a wet day, the Matakana Cinemas offer a range of movies to enjoy in comfort with wine, coffee or an icecream.