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Enjoy live music every Friday evening in the restaurant at The Lost Spring. 
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During October, November and December, four Hahei artists are opening their studio...
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Explore Cooks Beach

Cooks Beach – a gorgeous long sandy beach with some surprising history.

Cooks Beach is a favourite family holiday destination on the Coromandel Peninsula with 3km of white sandy beach great for walking, swimming and doing a spot of sunbathing.

All About Cooks Beach

Cooks Beach Mercury Bay

How to get there

By car

  • You can get to Cooks Beach by car following SH25. Near Whenuakite there is a major intersection, which is well sign posted and will take you directly to Cooks Beach.

By Passenger Ferry from Whitianga

  • Catch the ferry from Whitianga Wharf to Ferry Landing. Cathedral Cove Shuttles run services from Ferry Landing that will take you to Cooks Beach. Alternatively if you need to stretch your legs you can walk from Ferry Landing to Cooks Beach, which is a moderate flat walk that will take you approximately 40 minutes.

Other transport

See the Getting Around Guide for a range of options.

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Things to do for the kids

Purangi Reserve at the end of Purangi Road has a small playground that is ideally located by a sheltered barbeque area and popular paddling spot for children.

Where to grab a bite

For a casual dining options you can’t beat getting fish and chips from the Frying Scotsman Takeaways and dining on the beach kiwi style. Alternatively head to The Vessel and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere inside or out while sipping on a NZ beer or wine.

Places to stay

Check out a range of accommodation options in our Accommodation Guide.

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Shopping

The Cooks Beach Liquor Store is a the place to go if you are looking for a gift, they not only sell Liquor they have some gift ideas for everyone including - mugs, warm socks, candles, ornaments, body lotion and much more.

Must Do's

  • Nothing beats a walk along glorious Cooks Beach with an ice cream.
  • Check out the Cook Memorial on Purangi Road where Captain Cook made his observation of the Transit of Mercury.

Local Tips

  • Go to the annual Cooks Beach Summer Gala for some good old fashioned gala fun.
  • For a seriously great view walk or drive to the lookout at Shakespeare Cliff.

Boat Ramps

  • Cooks Beach free boat ramp – Purangi Reserve, Purangi Road (concrete ramp with trailer parking close by).

Public Toilets

  • Cooks Beach North – Riverview Rd.
  • Cooks Beach Central – Marine Parade.
  • Cooks Beach – Purangi Reserve, Captain Cook Rd.

More About Cooks Beach

Cooks Beach is also rich in history, being named after navigator Captain James Cook.  Cook, his expedition astronomer Charles Greene and his crew landed here on the 9th November 1769 to observe the transit of Mercury and to establish longitude.

 

Cooks Beach Local Info

Cooks Beach business, community and event listings.
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The Hive

10:00 am - 10:00 pm Open now
Takeaways to collect
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The Vessel

12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Open now
Takeaways to collect

Living Lines Design

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed now

Coromandel Air

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed now

Harris Plumbing & Gasfitting

7:00 am - 6:00 pm Closed now
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The Frying Scotsman Takeaways - Fish & Chips

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Closed now
Takeaways to collect
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Cooks Beach Summer Gala

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January 04, 2021 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
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