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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

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Tess041 wrote a review Oct 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand183 contributions54 helpful votes
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We caught the ferry across to Ferry’s Landing and walked through the cemetery (path to the left). Some of these graves have been here for over 100+ years and are literally growing out of the tree trunks. We continued up to Flaxmill Bay and the kids played on the rope swing on the beach. Was such a pretty walk all along the sand/road. Turned to go up to the lookout and although steep it didn’t take longer than 20 minutes. And it was worth it. Outstanding view down to Cooks Beach and lots of info to read. We walked down the other path to Lonely Bay and kids played in the sea, then walked up and out back to main road and had ice creams at Eggcentric Cafe. It was a great way to spend 3 hours, just loved it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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YvonnePapamoa wrote a review Aug 2020
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand407 contributions149 helpful votes
NIce views but not many spots to sit and stare, also a hike up from either side if you dont take the car
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Date of experience: July 2020
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JohnDeereQueen wrote a review Aug 2020
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand34 contributions7 helpful votes
My companion was on crutches so walking great distances was out for us. This was the perfect place to view the stunning scenery of the area with only a short hobble up a path from the car after driving up from the main road. 360 degree stunning views took our breath away and made for "wow" factor videos and photos. Highly recommended, I will definitely come back and do some walks around the area up to the lookout at a later date as it is so beautiful.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Neil B wrote a review Jul 2020
Wellington, New Zealand321 contributions115 helpful votes
A great look out with easy access for all ages. Short walk from the car park which could get busy in summer.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Rantin rover wrote a review Jul 2020
Biggar, United Kingdom8,129 contributions1,236 helpful votes
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Just a short drive from Cooks Beach, turn off onto the unsealed section of road where it is signposted. There is a parking area at the top of the track and one prior to this on the right as you go uphill which is for visiting Lonely Bay. I can recommend seeing both. The lookout on the cliffs gives a great view of Mercury Bay where Captain Cook anchored in 1769 and came ashore. He observed the transit of Mercury here (when the planet crosses the Sun), hence the names Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach. There is a view over to Whitianga and more immediately a scenic view looking over the beach at Lonely Bay and beyond to the Cooks Beach settlement. A metal plate details the various landmarks and there are some interpretation boards with details of the history. We drove back down to the Lonely Bay car park to free up parking at the viewpoint but it is easy to walk between them also.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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