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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 beautiful sight

This is just an amazing place to visit and experience. From the harbor it is magnificent but just... read more

Reviewed today
Mark H
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Great History and Stupendous Views

We hiked up to Shakespeare Cliff from Flaxmill Cottages (just a bit down the road). While it was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Florida-Traveler-US
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Tallahassee, Florida
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  • Average4%
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“lonely bay” (18 reviews)
“flaxmill bay” (8 reviews)
“ferry landing” (14 reviews)
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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"lonely bay"
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"flaxmill bay"
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"great walk"
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"worth the effort"
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"mercury bay"
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"buffalo beach"
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"local beaches"
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"the reserve"
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"interesting history"
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"viewing platform"
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"captain cook"
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"gorgeous views"
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"gravel road"
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"an easy walk"
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Reviewed today

This is just an amazing place to visit and experience. From the harbor it is magnificent but just as amazing when you visit. Take the time to experience this amazing historic plae.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We hiked up to Shakespeare Cliff from Flaxmill Cottages (just a bit down the road). While it was quite a hike up to the top, the views were wonderful. At the top of the cliff there are signs that explain how Cook entered this cove...More

Thank Florida-Traveler-US
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must see, stunning views and so pretty looking out over towards Whitianga and great little beaches. A lovely lookout and not far to walk at all. If we had more time we would have done more of the walking trails.

1  Thank keentraveller2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the quick ferry ride over and had a nice walk up to the cliffs. We spent several hours walking the trails and returned to the ferry dock. Enjoy.

Thank jsburg
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove here from Whitianga and was not disappointed, the views are amazing as you’ll see in my photos. We walked down to lonely beach from there and had a paddle in the water, a must if not just for the views

1  Thank Damian L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We caught the ferry from Whitianga and followed the road past Flaxmill Bay towards Shakespeare Cliff. There are a number of trails to follow, taking walkers through woodlands and open grassy areas. We enjoyed exploring the options, even though the terrain was steep at times....More

Thank Pheonie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this walk, we walked up from Flaxmill Bay which is very steep and a lot of steps. If you are no fit I would suggest driving up to the end of the Shakespeare Cliff Road and walking from there, much easier. Lonely Bay is...More

Thank Stoneyridge
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many nice views in New Zealand. This is one of them. Easy to reach by car and ample parking,

Thank DrBogus
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the ferry from whitianga and follow the path round for a great walk. Don't bother going by car as it is a 90 minute drive and the simple walk much better

Thank williamcE5285TF
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great to see where the Endeavour landed. Beautiful views and a good sense of history. Short stroll from the carpark.

Thank mmcleland
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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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