About Shakespear Bay, NZ
Shakespear Bay, also referred to as ‘Te Haruhi’, is in the northeast of New Zealand, Auckland. The bay boasts superb conditions, perfect for practising powered freestyle tricks.
At low to mid tide, you can ride some awesome, flat-water sections, which run the full length of the bay. Better still, as the tide ebbs away, little lagoons form, creating a playground for some unhooked manoeuvres. High tide brings with it choppier conditions and a little surf. The sea temperature is warm in the summer months, but the peak kite season here is during the winter months of June to August, when you’re likely to need a wetsuit. It is, however, possible to kite here all year round.
This spot absolutely rocks when the winds are pumping from the southwest. Due to the shape of the bay, and the direction in which it faces, you can't ride in anything other than a south to southwesterly without fear of being blown offshore in gusty winds or kiting into a wind shadow.
However, when the conditions are right for this location, you’re hard pushed to find anything better in New Zealand.
Traveling to Shakespear Bay, NZ
Transport to Shakespear Bay from Auckland is very good, whether you choose bus, train or taxi. You can also hire cars and bikes very easily. It is approximately 40 minutes by car from the Auckland International Airport.
Facilities At Shakespear Bay, NZ
Shakespear Bay and the surrounding area are idyllic, so if you like to hike in nature, this is the place for you, as the cliff walks are amazing. There are various cafes and bars offering refreshments all along the bay. You can also take a boat trip to explore, with the chance of seeing the dolphins that frequent the area. Or if you’re feeling more energetic, there are mountain bikes for hire. As well as hotels and guesthouses, there are campsites quite close to the beach. All in all, this is a lovely place both to kite and kick back.