From the car park at Te Haruhi Bay, follow the blue markers to find the Lookout Track.

The Lookout Track surrounds the open sanctuary of Shakespear Regional Park. As the park is an open sanctuary and is covered in farmland, be on the lookout for sheeps and even newborn lambs in the spring.

On this walk you will also find the Shakespear family’s old woolshed, which was originally closer to the beach. It was moved in 1975.

The walk to the lookout is up a hill so be prepared for a short but steep section. It is all well worth it for the stunning views at the top!

The highlight of the walks in the park is the lookout, which offers 360 degree panoramic views, including Hauraki Gulf, the Bay of Islands and Auckland. 

Once you’ve had your fill, head back down following the blue markers, or extend your walk by joining the Tiritiri Track. Both tracks will lead you down to the beach.

A great way to cool off after your walk is a swim at Te Haruhi Bay. You can also go for a snorkel or dive at the SS Wainui shipwreck.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 1 hour walk
  • Distance: 2.5 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Bikes allowed: No
  • Route: Loop
  • Elevation: One steep section
  • Wet Feet: Unknown
  • Toilets: There is a toilet at the start of the walk.
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
  • Last Updated: November, 2020

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