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Short track down to Lonely Bay beach, a small but nice beach with fewer people than many beaches in the area.

Short 5-10 minute steep walk in Shakespeare Cliff Reserve from the track car park down to Lonely Bay Beach. Lots of steps. Track reasonably well maintained with a few issues on certain steps but a good track overall. Small, beautiful, less crowded beach with lots of Pohutukawa trees. Note that there are a number of tracks here in the Shakespeare Scenic Reserve including tracks to the Whitianga ferry, Cooks Beach and the Cliff overlook.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Cooks Beach
        • Distance: 1 km
        • Time needed: 5 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 50m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Leash only
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights


  • Track Quality

    Steep with lots of steps but short and reasonably maintained.

  • Hazards

    Steep track with lots of steps.

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Take the Cooks Beach/Hahei turnoff from State Highway 25 at Whenuakite and follow the signs to Cooks Beach. Drive past Cooks Beach on Purangi road toward Flaxmill Bay and the Whitianga Ferry. Turn right at the end of Cooks Beach up a steep, gravel road to the Shakespeare Scenic and Historic Reserve. Car park for the Beach is on the right near the top of the road. Continue to the top for the Shakespear Cliff overlook and addoitional walking tracks.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Whitianga and Cooks Beach close by.

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Lonely Bay

    Map of walk

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