While the recent rains created havoc for much of the Auckland region, Shakespear Park seemed to flourish. Colours deepened to a richer shade, a fresh aroma filled the air, and the usual trickle at Waterfall Gully now cascaded over the rocks with power and pride.
Shakespear Park is my favourite of the Auckland Regional Parks. Possibly it’s because it has spectacular 360-degree views from the lookout, or maybe it is because we can walk there from our front door. Either way, a break in the weather allowed us to head to Shakespear Park’s Waterfall Gully track. Here is what we found:
Shakespear Park is an Auckland Regional Park located at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, about 50 km outside Auckland’s city centre. The New Zealand Shakespear family donated the land, thus the name. Waterfall Gully is on the Heritage Trail, one of the several marked tracks in the park. At low tide, there is also plenty of coastal hiking.
A few things that make Shakespear Park so special:
- Kiwi birds will be returning to the park next month (although I believe additional donations are still needed).
- The Park Rangers and SOSSI volunteers protect endangered natives like the New Zealand Dotterels that breed on the sandy beaches.
- Shakespear Park has a sheep breeding program, and in early spring the hills are dotted with adorable bouncy lambs. Along with that, the Park Rangers have to dock the lambs.
- Okoromai Bay (in the park) is one of the few remaining places in Auckland where people can collect cockles to eat. Tight restrictions with huge fines for violation protect the waters from overfishing.
Do you like to hike after the rain? Have you been to Waterfall Gully? If so, did it look like it does here?
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