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. Once on the east side, follow the water’s edge until you reach the point. Here you will get great views of the sunken ship.
It’s never boring living here.
Sunken Ship At King Low Tide
- 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 Whangaparaoa Peninsula.
- The other two are deeper, not visible, and not that near.
- 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.)
- Low tide is the only time that the ship is visible above the waterline. The photo above is from a king low tide.
- If you visit New Zealand, don’t forget to bring a copy of Lonely Planet’s New Zealand Travel Guide
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