A horse shoe-shaped lookout at the top of the iconic Shakespeare Cliff makes this – one of the Coromandel’s most outstanding vistas.
Easily accessible from either Hahei, if you’re driving or Whitianga, which is a quick ferry over and a good 20-30 minute walk.
There is also parking is available at various points starting at Flax mill Bay. A track at the eastern end of Flax mill Bay leads up along the headland to a large grassy reserve with pohutukawa groves before linking at the opposite end with a gravel road, to the lookout and toilet at the top of the headland (this is the end point and there is no further access from the lookout). If you’re feeling like a bit of a workout, head towards Maramaratotora bay and you’ll see signs for an alternative track uphill, along the water.
After taking in same insane views, located in the Shakespeare Cliff Scenic reserve between Cooks Beach and Flax mill Bay, you’ll find lonely bay (aptly named) nestled between two steep cliffs jutting out to sea. Lonely Bay is accessed by hiking through the lush green of the scenic reserve, passing a trickling stream, tree ferns and small waterfalls along the way. Serene and quiet, this is the beach for you if you want to get away from it all.