These condensed walk passes through a variety of habitats – pockets of wetlands, forested gullies and open pastures. They pass pa sites and arrive at open viewpoints. The tip of the Whangaparoa Peninsula is a welcome undeveloped enclave from the encroaching urban development that has infilled much of the rest of the peninsula.
For Heritage Trail: Shakespeare Regional Park is located at the far eastern end of Whangaparoa Peninsula and is signposted from Silverdale. Follow Whangaparoa Road 16km from S.H.1.
In Shakespeare Regional Park, bear right and cross the narrow neck to south facing Okoromai Bay. The track starts from the eastern end of the bay and is signposted.
There are toilets, picnic tables and barbecues.
For Tiritiri Track: The track starts from the eastern parking area behind Te Haruhi Bay.
For Heritage Trail: The track is lined with yellow banded markers. After 10 minutes over a wetland on a metalled track, you reach Waterfall Gully, which is an alternative starting point for the walk, with a nearby carpark.
The track passes through forest on a metalled and boardwalked track for 30 minutes before crossing paddocks for 20 minutes to a lookout. It’s another 30 minutes through paddocks to the start point.
For Tiri Tiri Track: The track is lined with red marker posts. Follow the dunes for 5 minutes and climb the eastern headland with views back along Te Haruhi Bay. The track now skirts the cliffs above the coastline to a viewing platform looking to Tiritiri Matangi and it’s lighthouse. The grass strip can be muddy after periods of rain.
After 1 ¼ hours the initial views are surpassed by those at the wooden lookout platform on the summit. The return to the carpark heads down the grassed hill along fence lines to the carpark.
You can also take a return route following the blue marker posts along a metalled farm track past the old woolshed to the road behind Te Haruhi Bay.
rom the lookout there are 360 degree views of the Hauraki Gulf, Tiritiri Matangi, Kawau Island and Rangitoto.
The pa sites near the carpark and Waterfall Gully still exhibit the terraces used for dwellings or cultivation.
The land was bought in 1883 by Robert Shakespeare, whose family name lingers in the naming of the park.
North Island ▷ Auckland Region ▷ Orewa
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