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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 Hidden Gem!

A hike you should not miss! The scenery is beautiful from the lookout at the top. The Lonely Bay... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Barbara, California
Short walk up to the top for the view

Good view from the top. Considering that its a really short walk. I would say its definitely worth... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“lonely bay” (7 reviews)
“ferry landing” (10 reviews)
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A hike you should not miss! The scenery is beautiful from the lookout at the top. The Lonely Bay beach is very secluded and peaceful. The beach is very clean and will be a great place to enjoy the sun for a time. The hike...More

Thank rnightingale3
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good view from the top. Considering that its a really short walk. I would say its definitely worth taking the trip there. Little effort for a good view. As for the beach below, you should just go down to see it since you are nearby.

Thank Mingee_le
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't go for the "walk" which is just up a gravel road, do yourself a service, drive to the top, look at the views and then walk down the stairs to the beach. One of the best beaches in this area, and not too crowded

Thank Taranicole349
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice views from this place. Worth a look if you like that sorta thing. Easy drive up to the area.

Thank Prince B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to find a spot to just sit down and read a book. This was the perfect place. Stunning view and peaceful.

Thank Francesca P
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We parked towards the far end of Cooks Beach from the Reserve and walked right along the beach at which point you can follow the river inland and cross over a bridge which takes you straight onto the Shakespeare Reserve path. There is a climb...More

Thank speedsister
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Found by chance up a gravel road. Excellent views of bay where Captain Cook stopped. Some history given on boards. Worth the detour.

Thank BobCv
Reviewed 27 September 2017

What starts as a gentle meandering walk alongside coastline turns into a steeper climb to the top of Shakespeare Cliffs. The views are incredible and worth any ounce of effort to get to the top! Takes about an hour at a leisurely pace from ferry...More

1  Thank SarahHall773
Reviewed 12 September 2017

My husband and I drove 50 mins from Whitianga so we could see other attractions in the area. It's a lovely walk to Cathedral Cove but you need to be able to walk for around 40 mins on undulating paths. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kate H
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Whilst it is perfectly reasonable to take the pleasant walk from Ferry Landing, since my sister is recovering from surgery we drove the long way round from Whitianga. On the bright sunny day we chose, this provided absolutely stunning views around the Mercury Bay area....More

Thank Ian M
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8 December 2016|
Response from batid | Reviewed this property |
‫there is a parking place near the lookout. ‬
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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