Shakespeare has walks to suit everyone, from 15 minutes to 2 hours. You can see all of them on the park map, but here are a few suggestions and starting points for shorter walks.
Remember to watch and listen for native birds. The best places are Waterfall Gully and Kowhai Glen (off the northern corner of the Tiritiri Track).
From Army Bay
- From the boat-ramp area cross the road and go down the side road to find the duck pond and the entrance to Waterfall Gully. Walk up to the waterfall and back, all in the bush, or keep going for a loop track.
From Te Haruhi Bay
- The beach itself is about 700m long, so take a stroll with your toes in the sand.
- If you have energy to burn and can manage a steep path, walk inland (to the left of the motor home park) and up the hill to the lookout for a panoramic view of the Hauraki Gulf.
- Back up the road a little bit is the Old Woolshed – if its open there’s a display inside, otherwise go up the path to the left of the shed to find a secluded glade.
- For a great view of the beach walk to the western end of the picnic area and go up the path to the seat at the top.
From the ‘picture frame’ carpark
You can’t miss it – just past the vehicle entrance through the fence.
- Go left at the farm gate for a very nice boardwalk through the bush. This is one of the walks on our Shakespear Explorer app especially for young children. Go right when you meet another path and you’ll go up the hill to a WWll pill box. Then on to the road and back down.
- Go up the road to the lookout and back, or keep on for a longer walk
From Okoromai Bay
- There is a loop track around the wetlands with an entrance at each end of the picnic area. This is the only path where dog walking is allowed but only on a lead.