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Cooks Beach

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Simon D wrote a review Oct 2020
Whanganui, New Zealand486 contributions37 helpful votes
We stopped in on a Friday on trip through the Coromandel and whilst staying in Whitianga. We had not visited before and I know people who have holidayed here. Its probably most notable and named for Captain Cook's visit in the late 1700's and its proximity to Ferry Landing where the Whitianga ferry shuttles passengers. It was reasonably quiet when we visited even with school holidays on. Another white sandy beach typical of many on Coromandel's east coast.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Rantin rover wrote a review Jul 2020
Biggar, United Kingdom8153 contributions1246 helpful votes
The beach at Cooks Beach is unremarkable in itself. It's sandy and forms a horseshoe around the Bay however it lacks shelter and any other features. We stayed in the settlement for a couple of nights and had a walk along Marine Parade which overlooks the beach however it just looked a bit neglected. This is probably due to the number of superb beaches in the area including nearby Lonely Bay, Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. It is of historic interest from the point of view that Captain Cook landed here in 1769 and observed the transit of Mercury, where the planet crossed the Sun, giving rise to the present day name of Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach. The sighting was apparently from near the estuary at the eastern end of the beach. The settlement is a sleepy place although if you wander beyond the houses across from Marine Parade you come across a small shopping strip on Captain Cook Road which has a pub (The Vessel), a restaurant (Go Vino), a chippy (The Frying Scotsman) and a general store which has everyday groceries and a good wine selection if you are looking for something to eat and drink.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Pam D wrote a review Mar 2020
Mansfield, United Kingdom1448 contributions377 helpful votes
A huge beautiful sandy beach - hardly anyone there. Like a previous visitor we were there on a Monday - everything was closed, we couldn't find anywhere to eat or have a drink.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Hans750 wrote a review Mar 2020
The Hague, The Netherlands1173 contributions168 helpful votes
Without knowing we were here as well 18 years ago. We enjoyed it at that time. But now, on a monday afternoon ... not really. Everything was closed (we didn't know) and the beach was empty. It was a waste of time so we walked all the way back to the ferry again. Too bad and disappointing.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Bill G wrote a review Mar 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand16 contributions
The beach looked nice but the township looked tired and was quite small. I didn't see anything interesting enough to entice me to stop
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Date of experience: March 2020
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