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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

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Address: Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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 history on the signs

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week 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
regional victoria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 well.

Thank Carolyn l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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5 reviews
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 to Lonely Bay. I would suggest only those with a good level of fitness attempt... More 

Thank Nigel V
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
West Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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 would be good. You don't need long and there are some lovely beaches to visit... More 

Thank WestYorksHomebird
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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 the day. Great views and lots of places to picnic. It's an easy hike for... More 

Thank skatecreekrd
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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 boat otherwise

Thank AnnieH011

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