Delicious healthy food, a real-live bed, and gorgeous ocean views? Sign me up. Being at the Leigh Marine Station of the University of Auckland was basically like being in heaven, except in heaven I had to write a lot of essays. Even without a pillow, sleeping on an actual bed was the height of luxury after our boat bunks. But truthfully the most exciting thing of all was LAUNDRY!!!
The cook must have thought we had been starved and/or gotten scurvy on the boat because we literally ate every crumb of her delicious meals, and ate the fruit she had ordered for two weeks in two days.
While most of our time on Goat Island was spent finishing up our research papers, we took a couple of breaks to hike around the surrounding area. This was my first real introduction to the beautiful landscapes New Zealand has to offer. While I already knew how gorgeous it was from marathoning Lord of the Rings multiple times, it still managed to surprise me each morning by somehow getting EVER PRETTIER.
Goat Island is a part of New Zealand’s first marine reserve, and snorkeling here is pretty amazing and seems to be the main thing that draws tourism. While there isn’t a whole lot there other then beautiful scenery and cute fishies, Goat Island remains pretty near and dear to my heart and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a stop on their way north of Auckland.