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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Parks and facilities information

Under Alert Level 2, all public toilets, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf clubs, skate parks, pump tracks, BBQs and other facilities within our parks and open spaces will reopen to the public. 

Aucklanders planning to use these facilities should wash or sanitise their hands before and after use, and keep two metres away from other users. Do not use these facilities or equipment if you are feeling unwell. Where safe physical distancing may not be possible, the use of a face mask is recommended.

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Shakespear Lookout Path

Walking time 40 mins

Walking steps 3250 steps

Distance 2.5 km

Starts at Bruce Harvey Drive, Army Bay, Whangaparāoa

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About the path

The Lookout Path is a highlight of Shakespear Regional Park, an open wildlife sanctuary on the Whangaparāoa Peninsula that blends conservation, recreation and farming.

Start the path at the first car parking area at Te Haruhi Bay (public toilets are available here). Follow the blue path markers.

You'll be walking on gravel and grass, and the walk does include one steep section. Look out for sheep on the farm paddocks in spring you can see newborn lambs.

Don't miss the spectacular 360-degree view from the lookout. You can see the Auckland city skyline, Hauraki Gulf islands, and Wenderholm and Mahurangi regional parks.

To continue exploring and for more great views, join up with the Tiritiri Path which connects to the Lookout Path.

You'll pass the old woolshed, once an important part of the Shakespear family farm. It was originally situated close to the beach but was moved to its current location in 1975.

After your walk, head down to popular Te Haruhi Bay to enjoy a beach walk and picnic or barbecue. Try to spot one of the colourful resident peacocks who call Te Haruhi Bay home. The sandy beach is safe for swimming, and the wreck of the SS Wainui at the western end of Te Haruhi Bay is a renowned snorkelling or diving spot.

Shakespear Regional Park is a 40-minute drive from central Auckland. Buses to the park entrance run from downtown Auckland.

No dogs are allowed at Shakespear Regional Park.

Take your rubbish home - there are no bins at the park.


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