Shakespear is one of over 30 Regional Parks in the Auckland Region. It’s a 50 minute drive from central Auckland, long enough for an in-the-car nap for smaller kids and short enough for not too many ‘are we there yet?’s from bigger kids. The weather looked great so we decided to make a weekend of it and stay at the campground.
Shakespear is a farm park (lambs in Spring!) with three safe sandy beaches with the advantage of being north and south facing – if it’s windy at one, it’s likely to be sheltered on another.
Shakespear is an open sanctuary (dogs need to stay at home) and regenerating native forest provides shelter and food for native bird species migrating from nearby Tiritiri Matangi Island. You’ll hear bellbirds and tui and might see a kakariki or kereru.
The beach front reserve at Haruhi Bay has great spots for picnicking, with shady trees, picnic tables and nearby toilets. If you are after picnicking supplies there are shops at Manly and a dairy/takeaways just off the main road before you get to the park.
There are 3 walks in the park offering panoramic views over Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf.
In summer? Pack a picnic, togs and beach toys – Shakespear Regional Park is a great family day out at the beach. Summer hours are 6am to 9pm.
In winter, fill a thermos, bring your walking shoes and head up the hills for a walk. After, find a sheltered spot in the winter sunshine for hot chocolate. In winter the park closes earlier at 7pm.
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