As well as Shakespear’s sheltered family-friendly beaches, it’s a great spot for fishing, kayaking and boating, and the walking tracks reward you with some amazing views. The park is an open sanctuary for threatened native wildlife, so it’s also one of the region’s best spots for bird watching.
Tapapakanga is a working coastal farm as well as a regional park, particularly popular with walkers, birdwatchers and kayakers. Kayakers: stay at the campground and explore the coastline at leisure; walkers: take the Historic Loop Track past the Māori pä site and historic stone fields.
A short drive or scenic walk along the waterfront from downtown Auckland, this park is the spot for gorgeous views of the Hauraki Gulf. The beautifully manicured gardens and memorial are a tribute to Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister.
Help protect our kauri from kauri dieback disease
Kauri dieback is an incurable disease threatening our native kauri trees.
Here’s how you can help protect our kauri for future generations:
- Scrub – clean all soil off your footwear, tyres and other gear, every time you enter or leave a forest/area with native trees.
- Spray – your footwear and gear at every cleaning station. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
- Stay – on the designated open tracks; never step on kauri roots.
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times or leave them at home.