Shakespeare Cliff Lookout

Shakespeare Lookout featuring rugged coastline, a bay or harbour and a sunset

Shakespeare Cliff Lookout

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Surrounded by a nature reserve, this scenic lookout offers picnic areas, walking trails and stunning photo opportunities of beaches with aquamarine water lapping white sand.

Overlooking one of Mercury Bay’s most secluded swimming spots, Shakespeare Cliff Lookout provides sweeping views across the ocean and a comfortable picnic area. Take a stroll through the network of hiking trails that zigzag across the reserve or venture down to Lonely Bay Beach to have a dip in the ocean after you admire the views.

Gaze across the sweeping Cooks Beach, a 3-kilometre (1.8-mile) long stretch of picture-perfect sand with a few houses near the water. Turn your gaze north to look out over the expansive Mercury Bay and the Coromandel Peninsula that dominates the skyline.

Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the area around Shakespeare Cliff Lookout. While there are no shops in the immediate vicinity, Cooks Beach General Store and the Whitianga Township are both about half an hour from the reserve on foot. Spread out a rug on the large grassy space to enjoy the afternoon sun or follow the steep trail that leads to the secluded Lonely Bay Beach for a day of swimming. The beach is a local favourite but remains reasonably empty throughout much of the summer due to its secluded location. Bring a snorkel to explore the ecosystems beneath the surface.

Follow the network of hiking trails that traverse the Shakespeare Cliff Reserve to see local fauna and flora. Keep watch for tui and kereru, two native bird species that call the region home. Admire the bright red flowers of the pokhutukawa trees that are found throughout the reserve.

Shakespeare Cliff Lookout can be reached on foot from Whitianga’s ferry landing in just half an hour. Parking is available in the reserve along with public toilets. The park is open at all hours and there is no fee for admission.

506 Cheap Hotels Near Shakespeare Cliff Lookout

Beachside Resort Whitianga
Beachside Resort Whitianga
4 out of 5
20 Eyre Street, Whitianga, 3510
The price is NZ$134 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly motel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (682 reviews)
"Great stay would love to come back but in summer it may be too hot with no aircon!"

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2022

Beachside Resort Whitianga
Blue Marlin Apartments
Blue Marlin Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, 3510
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$150 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (171 reviews)
"Clean and tidy walking distance to everything"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2022

Blue Marlin Apartments
Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
3.5 out of 5
2 Buffalo beach Road, Whitianga, 3542
The price is NZ$205 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Whitianga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
"I like it situated near the beach and the balcony"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2022

Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
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Beachside Resort Whitianga
Beachside Resort Whitianga
4 out of 5
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The price is NZ$134 per night from 22 May to 23 May
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Blue Marlin Apartments
Blue Marlin Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, 3510
The price is NZ$150 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
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Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is NZ$205 per night from 18 May to 19 May
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970 Lonely Bay Lodge
4 out of 5
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Oceans Resort Whitianga
Oceans Resort Whitianga
4.5 out of 5
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