As the tide goes out, this sunken ship becomes visible at the opening of Okoromai Bay into the Hauraki Gulf. Mussels, oysters, and other sea life have made this sunken ship their home. Most days only a small fraction of the bow and the boiler can be seen above the water line. However, twice each year, at the king tides, much more is visible.
The easiest way to get to the wreckage is via kayak from Te Haruhi Bay, the main beach in Shakespear Park. At low tide, when much of the foreshore is mud flats, one can walk across Okoromai Bay. On a nice weekend day, you may pass by hundreds of people collecting cockles (a type of clam). Once on the east side, follow the water’s edge until you reach the point. Here you will get great close up views of the sunken ship.
It’s never boring living here.
Sunken Ship in Okoromai Bay At King Low Tide
More Information on the Sunken Ship on Okoromai Bay:
- Okoromai Bay is home to one of three main beaches of Shakespear Park, an Auckland regional park located at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula in the Hauraki Gulf.
- It’s one of many free places to visit in the region.
- History buffs can read the entire story, recalled in one of our local newspapers: The hulks of Shakespear Regional Park (Note: New Zealand’s Shakespear family name is spelt correctly.)
- The ship is one of three that were strategically sunk here by the Shakespear family many years ago to create a shelter and protect their family boat from the weather inside Okoromai Bay on the peninsula.
- The other two are deeper, not visible, and not that near.
- There are other sunken ships in the Auckland Region. The Rewa was sunk off the island of Motorekareka in the Hauraki Gulf.
- The ship is visible above the waterline for a few hours around the low tide. The photo above is from a king low tide, the largest tides of the year.
Have you been this close to a sunken ship before?
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