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Near Purangi Road Shakespeare Cliff Lookout, Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591 New Zealand

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Dave
Sheffield, UK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Stunning Beach sandwiched between cliffs and backed by steep forest. You can park a car at the top of the track that leads down to it but if you're feeling fit, it's walkable from the ferry over the other side of Shakespeare cliff lookout, good for views of where you're headed!
Some shaded places to sit and chill and a great swim but was a bit rough getting in when we went.
There's no loos and the nearest cafe is back in Maramaratotara Bay..The Eggsentric Cafe'
Written 10 March 2024
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Isabelle W
Oxford, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful small beach. Not crowded lovely gentle surf coming in. Clean. Small parking area. Great for families small river coming in to side
Written 20 January 2024
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Carrie H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
You can get to this beach by boat or by walking up the road to Shakespeare Cliff. It is idyllic!!! Few people (because it is not easy to get to), wonderful blue water swimming, clean sand with variable oyster catchers and dotterels to delight in, sun when you're in luck and abundant shade, and rocks to lean against.
Written 24 February 2023
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JuliaL03
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Stunning hidden little bay hidden around the corner from Cooks beach. Accessible via a track or via sea - watch out for swells and tides which can make the trip a bit m ore exciting!
Written 16 January 2022
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shazzzalongley
Cambridge, New Zealand1,345 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
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.
Written 10 January 2021
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fr0ggy_traveler
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
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
Written 23 July 2020
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Neil B
Wellington, New Zealand375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The beach is at the bottom of some steps from some parking areas. There are some toilets near the top look out.
Written 11 July 2020
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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.
Written 9 July 2020
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