Visiting Shakespear Regional Park is a must-do when you're in the Hibiscus Coast, Whangaparaoa area. Discover the beautiful panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and neighbouring islands such as Tiritiri Matangi and Great Barrier. Explore New Zealand's native bush, beach and farmland all in one.
Getting To Shakespear Regional Park
To start your adventure, I recommend parking at Te Haruhi Bay (Bruce Harvey Drive), as from here you can begin your walk via the Lookout Track up to the famous Lookout and Giant Photo Frame. Follow the blue path markers to get to the stunning 360 degree view (1 hour return). Also, keep your eyes out for any native birds and the adorable sheep and cows along the way. Note: There is a steep part of the track to get up there.
Walks in Shakespear Regional Park
For other tracks and trails, The Heritage Trail is quite popular. Beginning at the Waterfall Gully car park, the walk takes you through WWII historic sites, native bush, farmland and incredible views (2 hour return).
View all of the tracks at Shakespear Regional Park here.
Te Haruhi Bay
Once you’ve done the Lookout Track and you’re back at Te Haruhi Bay carpark, there’s no doubt you want to relax. This bay is the perfect place to set up a picnic, go for a swim or to have a BBQ feast (communal barbecues available).
Looking for something else to do while you’re at the park? Go to Okoromai Bay, a tidal beach where people often collect edible cockles (clams) at low tide. Just bring a bucket and dig your hands into the soft sand (be careful of sharp shells). Keep in mind there are limits on collection to prevent overfishing (50 cockles per gatherer per day).
Shakespear Regional Park Camping
If you are looking to extend your exploration adventure, there are plenty of accommodation options. Shakespear Park camping is highly recommended for a nice break away from home and work. Camping facilities include outdoor showers and toilets.
They also offer overnight parking and have another campsite just for self-contained vehicles. These accommodation options are quite popular for holidays, so make sure to book early.
Additionally, if you are interested in visiting the regional park with a hint of luxury, Whangaparaoa Lodge is a great accommodation option. Whangaparaoa Lodge offers beachside stays in Little Manly, only a 10 minute drive from the regional park.
For further information, visit the Auckland Council website on Shakespear Regional Park below.