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Important notice

Dogs are prohibited in the open sanctuary at all times.

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About this park

Shakespear is New Zealand’s most visited and accessible open sanctuary integrating conservation, recreation and farming. Pest free habitat provides a safe home for threatened native wildlife.

To help keep Shakespear free of pests, please check your vehicle and belongings for stowaway pests before you visit. Dogs are prohibited in the open sanctuary at all times. To volunteer or find out more visit Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society.


Opening hours

Pedestrian access Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Non daylight savings)

How to get to Shakespear

From Auckland, head north on the northern motorway (State Highway 1) and take the Silverdale off-ramp. Drive through Silverdale and turn right onto Whangaparaoa Road. Follow the brown Twin Coast signs to the end of the Peninsula.

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Distance from Auckland CBD

50 km

Public transport information

There is also a daily bus service to and from Shakespear. Buses run daily from Downtown Auckland to the Park entrance 09 366 6400.

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Maps

Park facilities

Event site
Event site Hangi Site
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Shakespear SCC Campground
BBQ
BBQ

At Te Haruhi Bay there are 3 electric BBQs available for casual use and 2 wood fired BBQs associated with bookable sites. They are able to be used if the site has not been booked. At Okoromai Bay there is 1 casual wood fired BBQ and 4 wood fired BBQ’s associated with bookable sites. They are able to be used if the site has not been booked. At Okoromai Bay the old wood BBQs are slowly being replaced with electric BBQs. All BBQ's are FREE to use.

Beaches
Beaches

There are three beaches at Shakespear. ●Te Haruhi Bay which is located inside the Open Sanctuary pest proof fence, at the south western end of the Open Sanctuary area. It is a beautiful sandy beach. ●Army Bay which is located at the park entrance on the north western side of the park. ●Okoromai Bay which is located outside the Open Sanctuary pest proof fence, at the south western end of the park. This is a very tidal beach where cockles can be gathered.

Boat ramp
Boat ramp

A boat ramp is located at Army Bay's eastern car park. Access is 24 hours, all year and at all tides. ●There is room for about 20 cars and trailers in the car park and parking available on Whangaparaoa Road. ●The ramp is exposed to northerly and nor-west winds that make it difficult to launch and retrieve your boat. The ramp does not extend all the way to the low tide mark and at low tide the ramp is just access to the beach to launch from.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage

Patchy; some areas on the park have good coverage but some do not.

Dog Walking Prohibited
Dog Walking Prohibited

Dogs (including dogs in vehicles) are prohibited at all times within the Shakespear Open Sanctuary, Te Haruhi Bay, farmland and adjoining beaches.

Historic homesteads
Historic homesteads

The 1910 Shakespear Homestead is currently being used as a YMCA Lodge/Camp that can be booked out. This area is restricted to Lodge users. Contact the YMCA for information and booking details.

Interpretation
Interpretation

A number of informative interpretation panels can be found dotted around the park providing information on the park history, historic buildings, past farm operations, infrastructure and detailed descriptions of park features and landscapes. The Heritage Trail features interesting information on some of the parks history. The palisade at Waterfall Gully car park has information panels about the park’s wildlife and restoration work.

Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

There is 1 designated car park at Army Bay next to the toilet block, and 1 at Okoromai Bay alongside the path to the toilets.

Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

The toilet blocks at Army Bay and Okoromai Bay have paved paths suitable for limited mobility access to and from the designated limited mobility parking spaces in the car parks. ● Army Bay: 1 limited mobility female cubicle and 1 limited mobility male cubicle. ● Okoromai Bay: 1 limited mobility female cubicle and 1 limited mobility male cubicle. ● There is no limited mobility access to the three toilet blocks at Te Haruhi Bay.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

Te Haruhi Bay and Okormai Bay have reasonable limited mobility access to the beachside grass picnic areas but no formed path for access to the beach. For special access provisions contact us on (09) 301 0101.

Mobility accessible picnic table
Mobility accessible picnic table

There are 2 tables near the casual electric BBQ at the eastern end of Te Haruhi Bay with extended table top ends and pads allowing for wheelchair access. Assistance may be required to get across the grass to reach both of these tables.

Native bush
Native bush

There are two main forest areas with magnificent puriri, kowhai, kahikatea, kauri, and many other natives present. One of these areas is Waterfall Gully: An area of bush near the north end of the park. The second is at Kowhai Glen: An area of bush along the eastern end of the park which can be best accessed by taking a walk on a part of the Tiri Tiri track. This is an impressive remnant patch of bush left on the park.

Notice board
Notice board

The main notice board is located in front of the park office at Te Haruhi Bay. There are also notice boards at the campground, Army Bay, Okoromai Bay and at Waterfall Gully. Notice boards may contain a park map, visitor information, codes and bylaws, tide charts, park brochures and information about the parks walks and features.

Parking
Parking

There are five designated car parks. ●Army Bay East Car Park: 20 spaces for boat trailer parking. Access is 24 hours a day. ●Army Bay West Car Park: 50 spaces. Access is 24 hours a day. ●Waterfall Gully Car Park: 40 spaces. ●Okoromai Bay Car Park: 240 spaces. ● Lookout Car Park: 10 spaces. ●Te Haruhi Bay Car park 400 spaces. ●There is overflow parking of about 150 spaces at Te Haruhi Bay. This is opened as demand and ground conditions allow.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

There are 8 fixed casual use picnic tables plus 6 others associated with the casual electric BBQ’s. 2 tables are associated with the bookable picnic site at Te Haruhi Bay. At Okoromai Bay there are 8 fixed picnic tables all associated with the bookable sites, and there are 2 fixed picnic tables at Army Bay. All the picnic tables at the booked sites can be used casually if the site is not booked.

Potable water
Potable water

All the park water comes from an artesian bore in Te Haruhi Bay and is filtered and treated through a treatment site to meet all drinking standards. ●There are drinking fountains at each of the designated picnic sites. ●There are drinking fountains at the lookout. ●There are several drinking fountains along each of the 3 beach fronts.

Pram access
Pram access

All beaches have reasonable pram access with Te Haruhi Bay and Okoromai Bay having large grassy flat areas. There are also grass verges along all of the roads suitable for prams. If you park at the lookout car park you can take your pram to the lookout. You'll need to push your pram over the two mountain bike ramps to get to there.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone

Located in front of the ranger office at Te Haruhi Bay.

Ranger office
Ranger office

Located near the western end of the Te Haruhi Bay car park. Follow the signs to Te Haruhi Bay, then to the park office

Sealed access road
Sealed access road

The major access roads to the park and on the park are all sealed.

Security gates
Security gates

An automatic gate is located near Army Bay on the road to Te Haruhi Bay and Okoromai Bay and just past the bus stop. This gate opens and closes automatically. See “about this park” for details. It will automatically open for vehicles exiting the park at all times.

Security surveillance
Security surveillance

Several security cameras are located on the park, overviewing some of the car parks.

Toilet block
Toilet block

There are five toilet blocks on the park. All have separate male and female facilities and changing rooms. ●Te Haruhi Bay: There are three toilet blocks at Te Haruhi Bay. One at the western end, one central and one at the campground. ● Army Bay: Located in the middle of Army Bay with a paved path leading to the toilet block. ● Okoromai Bay: Located in the middle of Okoromai Bay with a paved path leading to the toilet block.

Park activities

History

People have visited and lived at Shakespear on and off for about 1000 years. The Ngāti Kahu iwi occupied the Whangaparāoa Peninsula before European settlers arrived in the 1820s. Archaeological surveys show two main living sites – at Army Bay and Te Haruhi Bay.

Mr W H Shakespear purchased 800ha at the tip of the peninsula in 1883. In 1910 the Shakespear family built a homestead (now the YMCA Lodge) overlooking Te Haruhi Bay on ground that retains evidence of a Māori pā.  During World War II the army acquired 130ha of the northeastern tip of the peninsula.

The end of the peninsula was an important defence site during the war. The army constructed a range of defences including 11 pillboxes, searchlights, electrified barbed wire entanglements and an anti-tank ditch.

These remains are highlighted on the Heritage Trail. The Ministry of Defence continues to use the adjacent land.

The ARC purchased the area known as Shakespear Regional Park in 1967 from the Shakespear family.