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Cooks beach


An iconic white sandy beach supporting a vibrant summer holiday community. A crescent shaped beach with shallow water is an ideal walking, swimming or kayaking destination. Cooks beach has Shakespeare Cliffs on the west and the sheltered Purangi Estuary to the east. The area is rich in history with Kupe landing in 950 AD and Captain Cook in 1769. There are historic pa (village) sites and walking tracks. Sheltered bays lead to the sandy beaches of Front Beach and Flaxmill Bay with native bush reserves offering trails and shade from the summer heat.

Purangi Regional Reserve has toilets and a boat ramp launching into the calm estuary water.

TIP: Walkers will be intrigued by the Shakespeare Reserve walkway down to Lonely Bay where white sand is replaced by crushed shells and massive limestone boulders.

Getting to Cooks beach

From Whitianga catch a ferry across the harbour mouth to the Stone Steps Wharf. This is the start of coastal walks to the nearby beaches. The closest beach is Front (Maramaratotara ) Bay, Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach. The walking tracks involve a number of steep steps and descents. The Shakespeare Scenic Reserve has several walking tracks.

Driving from Whitiangi travel 35km around the picturesque harbour. The 3 km white sandy beach is in the locality of Hahei check 2021 Guide to six top beaches and is signposted on the aerial route State Highway 25.

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