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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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Great little hike for a stunning view

We parked at the bottom of the base as our rental agreement prohibits going on unmarked road but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Go if you have spare time

I think the view from the cliff was beautiful in photos but I didn't really make it to the top... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“lonely bay” (6 reviews)
“flaxmill bay” (3 reviews)
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 1 week ago 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

Thank WanderLady28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank car0lj0y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 Carolyn O
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
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
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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