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

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most gorgeous views of Cooks Beach on one sie and Whitianga on the other!!!! Just fabulous!

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank AnnieH011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this site from the cliffs on the Kiwi Dundee tour and saw the cliffs from the ocean on the Ocean Leopard boat tour. The views were gorgeous on both visits. The beaches are so pretty and the ocean so clear. We also saw several birds including some Gannets diving for fishing. Whether you go on your own or... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't expecting much but very impressed with the great views and the beautiful clear blue sky that made it look even better. Tree lined road up to the top of the road was nice. Once at the lookout it had a very calm feeling.

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Thank Mjchou
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The overlook of the accompanying countryside is stunning. There are longer and shorter hikes to it. The shorter one is only about 5 minutes. Total time necessary for hiking and viewing is less than a half hour.

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