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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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A nice walk with some great historic views

Take the ferry across and then there are a variety of walks but go to the top of Shakespeare Cliff... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard B
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London, United Kingdom
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Great lookout. I visited on a calm sunny day and the views of water, beaches and mountains were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sarwilde
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Travellers talk about
“lonely bay” (14 reviews)
“ferry landing” (12 reviews)
“flaxmill bay” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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"lonely bay"
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"ferry landing"
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"flaxmill bay"
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"worth the effort"
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"great walk"
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"mercury bay"
in 9 reviews
"buffalo beach"
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"local beaches"
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"the reserve"
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"viewing platform"
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"worth a visit"
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"gorgeous views"
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"captain cook"
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"gravel road"
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"an easy walk"
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"park the car"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Take the ferry across and then there are a variety of walks but go to the top of Shakespeare Cliff to see where Capt Cook first landed in New Zealand

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great lookout. I visited on a calm sunny day and the views of water, beaches and mountains were never ending. Well sign posted directions and great informative historical signs at the lookout. Car park at the top of cliff as well as next to entrance...More

Thank sarwilde
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walk up to Shakespeare's cliff to check out the amazing panoramic view. From there drop down to Lonely Bay for a swim and time to relax and take in the secluded beach (only accessible on foot). In my mind better than nearby Cathedral Cove as...More

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a 20 minute but steep walk up through the bush from Flaxmill Bay. The walk up is ok but the view from the lookout makes it worth the effort ( though you can drive most of the way to a car park at the...More

Thank AucklandJonathan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The colours and forms of nature in this part of the world are amazing. If you are a keen photographer you will find many interesting views to capture.

Thank Irwi
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

easy walk up (can drive car up), amazing views, there are different paths up from Flaxmill Bay or Cooks Beach side, views over the whole bay from Whitianga around to Cooks beach. this walk is great for a short morning or afternoon activity. easy walk...More

Thank Heather J
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Short walk to the lookout from the carpark provides THE BEST views of Cooks beach and Lonely Bay. Be sure to trek down to Lonely Bay. Gorgeous, secluded beach, crystal clear water surrounded by cliffs and forest. Need to keep an eye on the little...More

Thank dan1el05
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Bring good walking shoes. Some places steep but lots of steps to help you. Great views at the top. Can use the roads to drive up there if not feeling like the walk.

Thank Anne H
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We drive to the top catpark and took a short 2 minute walk for the panoramic view from the top. Simply stunning!

Thank NZDuffnetts
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We walked there for Ferry Landing. It's about a 50 min one way to the lookouts. The walk was great and the hike to the top is a good stair walkout to set the least. If you go there in summer make sure you wear...More

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melodi12
8 December 2016|
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Response from batid | Reviewed this property |
‫there is a parking place near the lookout. ‬
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yank
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
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