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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Off the beaten track

Found by chance up a gravel road. Excellent views of bay where Captain Cook stopped. Some history... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Northern Ireland
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Simply stunning!

What starts as a gentle meandering walk alongside coastline turns into a steeper climb to the top... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hastings, New Zealand
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“lonely bay” (7 reviews)
“ferry landing” (10 reviews)
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Found by chance up a gravel road. Excellent views of bay where Captain Cook stopped. Some history given on boards. Worth the detour.

Thank BobCv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What starts as a gentle meandering walk alongside coastline turns into a steeper climb to the top of Shakespeare Cliffs. The views are incredible and worth any ounce of effort to get to the top! Takes about an hour at a leisurely pace from ferry...More

Thank SarahHall773
Reviewed 12 September 2017

My husband and I drove 50 mins from Whitianga so we could see other attractions in the area. It's a lovely walk to Cathedral Cove but you need to be able to walk for around 40 mins on undulating paths. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kate H
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Whilst it is perfectly reasonable to take the pleasant walk from Ferry Landing, since my sister is recovering from surgery we drove the long way round from Whitianga. On the bright sunny day we chose, this provided absolutely stunning views around the Mercury Bay area....More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We tramped up one of the tracks after walking from the ferry, unaware of the road. Arrived at a clearing where we spotted the plaque commemorating the royal visit, exhausted but proud that we had reached the summit. But no, we still had some way...More

Thank Wagaitwag
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We parked at the bottom of the base as our rental agreement prohibits going on unmarked road but you may try to park closer and hike less. It took about half an hour to reach the top. There are many longer hike options along the...More

Thank uv124
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

I think the view from the cliff was beautiful in photos but I didn't really make it to the top where its most famous for just because the walk up wasn't as impressive as I expected and it was uphill and tough. I think...with so...More

1  Thank WanderLady28
Reviewed 31 May 2017

It is really great if you have the time to walk to Shakespeare Cliff. (If not you can of course drive up there - there is a good road to get there). If you get the Ferry to Ferry Landing, then walk up the hill...More

1  Thank car0lj0y
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Enjoyed the walk up Shakespeare Cliff and the reward at the top of extensive views out over stunning Mercury Bay. A great spot where Captain Cook viewed the Transit of Mercury in 1769.

Thank biddye67
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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

Thank J P
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8 December 2016|
Response from batid | Reviewed this property |
‫there is a parking place near the lookout. ‬
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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