Te Hāwere-a-Maki Goat Island

Snorkel, dive and kayak around an underwater wonderland at New Zealand’s first-ever marine reserve.

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Goats were once released by early European seafarers to feed those unlucky enough to get marooned on the island. Long before that, the rich coastal waters provided an excellent seafood source for early Māori settlers. Te Hāwere-a-Maki is the whenua of the Ngāti Manuhiri iwi, whose ancestors resided from Mangawhai in the north to just south of Whangaparāoa.