Goat Island Walkway

Goat Island Walkway

Goat Island Marine Reserve



2 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

316 Walking

9 Warkworth



Time: 45 min to 1 hr one way, Distance: 1.5 km one way

This return walk traverses the coast part way to Cape Rodney overlooking New Zealand’s oldest and most popular marine reserve.

Walk up the Auckland University Marine Laboratory driveway to the start of the track. The track passes along the cliff-top beyond the marine laboratory through paddocks and fine remnants of coastal broadleaf forest.

There may be stock in the section through the farm paddocks.

In the distance you can see Hauturu or Little Barrier Island, a nature reserve now rat-free that is home to tuatara, giant weta and a huge variety of native birds.

Getting there

Access is from the Goat Island Road end, off Pakiri-Leigh Road, east of Warkworth. Park at the marine reserve carpark and walk up the driveway to the Leigh Marine Laboratory. The walk starts on the right, 50 m inside the gate.

The walkway is 83 km from downtown Auckland.


Feature Value Info


North IslandAuckland RegionWarkworth


  • Walking
  • Free



Rogier Post's avatar

Rogier Post


Ranking: 9/10

Great novice walk. We are not experiences hikers but we enjoyed this interesting hike a lot. It offers a mix of hill climbing, rainforest and cliff views. Bring rain clothing even when the weather looks good on departure. It can change quickly.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Larissa's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk and a good lookout to Goat Island.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016