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Lonely Bay

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shazzzalongley wrote a review Jan 2021
Cambridge, New Zealand1314 contributions175 helpful votes
What a great little beach, it is just a short walk from the car park, down a few sets of steps. It is worth the walk. There are trees for shade, some interesting rock formations as well as sand and shells. There is also a lookout at the top of the hill and some toilets.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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fr0ggy_traveler wrote a review Jul 2020
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions3 helpful votes
This beach is only accessible by boat or by foot through a track. It is covered with shellfish (many treasures for the kids) and has a couple of very small caves to explore
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Neil B wrote a review Jul 2020
Wellington, New Zealand322 contributions115 helpful votes
The beach is at the bottom of some steps from some parking areas. There are some toilets near the top look out.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Rantin rover wrote a review Jul 2020
Biggar, United Kingdom8154 contributions1245 helpful votes
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Access to Lonely Bay is a few minutes drive up Purangi Road from Cooks Beach settlement and then turn off onto an unsealed road signposted for Shakespeare Cliff. As you drive up here there is a turn-off to the right for the Lonely Bay car park. It’s worth driving or walking up to the Cliff lookout too as the views are very good, including one overlooking Lonely Bay. Lonely Bay is surrounded by cliffs but fortunately a stairway was constructed in 2005 to make it easy to get to the beach. There are quite a few steps but they have been designed in a pattern to make it easier to go up and down and it’s certainly worth the 5 to 10 minute effort! The beach is an unspoilt sandy cove with dramatic white cliffs towering overhead (literally in some cases) and some great limestone rock formations on the shore itself. There is plenty of woodland as a backdrop and shade including some huge pohutukawa trees which presumably are spectacular in season. We had a look around and took photos however had we been prepared it would have been a great spot to sit down and have a picnic and a swim. There were at most a half dozen others on the beach during our visit so the lonely aspect may be surprisingly true for such a scenic place. We preferred this beach to the one at Cooks Beach itself, although visitors to the area are spoilt for choice with Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach all within a short drive away. No facilitlies available so take what you need if you plan to spend some time here. A towel, a book, some food & drink and a camera would be my suggestion.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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