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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

#1 of 2 things to do in Cooks Beach Features Animals
Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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well worth, great views

great views and well worth the climb and walks around to the bays on either side. Interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
A lovely view from the platform

We drove up to the viewing platform and looked out across the water to Shakespeare Cliff and took... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Carolyn l
regional victoria
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great views and well worth the climb and walks around to the bays on either side. Interesting history on the signs

Thank J P
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We drove up to the viewing platform and looked out across the water to Shakespeare Cliff and took many photos. There was also a toilet block which is really handy.Later, whilst on the glass bottom boat trip we travelled right past the Shakespeare Cliff as...More

Thank Carolyn l
Reviewed 10 April 2017

great walk and beautiful views. Well worth the effort. Follow the sign posts. Don't drive, park the car and take the full experience.

Thank vwalmsley
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The lookout from Shakespeare Cliff offered a panoramic view over Cooks Beach, towards Whitianga and the Pacific Ocean. Just wonderful! There is a car park at the top, and the lookout is a 30-second walk from there.

Thank chick-pea-222
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Beautiful views from above. Be sure to drive up to the carpark. We parked at the carpark off the road and did not realize it was such a long walk up the gravel road. From the top carpark it's an easy walk.

Thank cathyfitz17
Reviewed 21 March 2017

To gain the best view it's necessary to go right to the top but unless young and fit this is best reached by car. About halfway up to the top there is a car park where a track can be found that takes you down...More

Thank Nigel V
Reviewed 21 March 2017

One of the most gorgeous views of Cooks Beach on one sie and Whitianga on the other!!!! Just fabulous!

Thank AndreaA09
Reviewed 20 March 2017

You can walk up via 2 different routes or take the car half way and walk up the rest but it's not that steep. The views are absolutely stunning. Admittedly we had sun and blue skies which makes a differences but even with clouds this...More

Thank WestYorksHomebird
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Tis is a very convenient place for a hike when you don't have much time. The car park is right off the road and the hike can be done as a circuit in an hour or you can drop down to the beach and spend...More

Thank skatecreekrd
Reviewed 17 March 2017

There is car park quite near the summit but the walk up is not too strenous either. which ever way its so worth the trip as the views are amazing.There is a separate walk down to Lonely Bay which is gorgeous and only accessible by...More

Thank AnnieH011
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Where should I park my car if I would like to get to the Shakespeare Cliff lookout?
8 December 2016|
Response from batid | Reviewed this property |
there is a parking place near the lookout.
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Is there a way to get to the beach?
4 December 2016|
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Response from bonita633 | Reviewed this property |
There is a beach to the left of Shakespear Reserve called Flaxmill Bay, and when you walk up to the lookout at Shakespear Reserve, there is also a walk way to Lonely Bay, a beautiful small Bay, you can also take a track... More
Would this be a good day out for children under 5? 4 and 2?
29 September 2016|
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