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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve

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Lovely short walk to get a great view without the crowds at Catherdral Cove

Nice walk, not too steep, tree lined shady with good viewing platforms - no Cathedral Cove crowds... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sonya B

This is one of those gems you just stumble across on holiday - I was out driving around Hahei... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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“lonely bay”(16 reviews)
“ferry landing”(14 reviews)
“flaxmill bay”(7 reviews)
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Cooks Beach, Whitianga 3591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice walk, not too steep, tree lined shady with good viewing platforms - no Cathedral Cove crowds to be found here

Thank Sonya B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those gems you just stumble across on holiday - I was out driving around Hahei, Cooks Beach etc and saw the signs for it so drove up to see what it was all about - I believe you can hike up...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove up the gravel road to the lookout. Luckily we didn't run into others cars, as it would be pretty tight with 2 cars. The views over Cook Beach and Mercury Bay are great, and there are some good information panels up there explaining...More

Thank ladybugsSydney
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove up by car but you could walk up but it is quite a long walk. There is a gravel carpark at the top but it only holds a few vehicles.

Thank Paula L
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Walk up from the track that starts at the far end of Flaxmill Beach or you can drive up the Shakesperware Drive access with a short walk to the lookout.

Thank vickiduffy
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This is a free activity that can be done, and the view from the top is amazing! The colors of the ocean water are so beautiful

Thank LidianeC379
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This is definitely one of the attractions of the area. You can drive up to a car park or walk on well maintained paths from Flaxmill Bay or Cooks Beach.

Thank Rudolf J
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We recommended to visit Lonely Beach during our tasting at Purangi Winery nearby and we are so glad we did, very beautiful and so relaxing!

Thank E11ia
Reviewed 25 May 2018

amazing water. great facilities. great walks. lots of open space to pitch a tent or park a van. highly recommend

Thank Evan S
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

We took a boat trip around the Mercury Bay coastline with Sea Cave Adventures, we stopped to take a closer look at these amazing cliffs and Les told us the story of why they have their name. The meeting of the sheer cliffs to the...More

Thank Tanya B
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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