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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

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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 option you can’t beat getting fish and chips from the Frying Scotsman Takeaways and dining on the beach kiwi style.

Places to stay

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

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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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Cooks Beach Community Centre for hire -  dressed for a wedding function
Community Halls
Cooks Beach Community Centre is located close to the beach and is a popular venue for community activities and private events such as weddings and family celebrations. The Cooks...
Hobby & Craft Groups
Cooks Beach Garden Club for gardening enthusiasts!
Cooks Beach Gala aerial shot
Markets, Galas & Fairs

Event Info

January 04, 2021
Join in the annual fun at the annual Cooks Beach Summer Gala for the whole family at Cooks Beach near Whitianga with over 100 stalls. Come and enjoy...
Cooks Beach Tennis Club and Tennis Courts Cooks Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
Sports Clubs
All levels are welcome at the Cooks Beach Tennis Club on the Coromandel Peninsula and the tennis courts are available to use for anyone interested in a game of...
Front View of Cooks Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade near Whitianga
Emergency Services


Essential service
The Cooks Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade is supported by local fire fighting volunteers.
Coromandel Sound and Lighting
Weddings & Functions
Coromandel Sound and Lighting is your bespoke sound & lighting service 
Justice of the Peace
Justice of the Peace (JPs)
COVID-19 Update for Justice of the Peace Justice of the Peace services have been suspended in response to the COVID-19 Level 4 Status announced on March 23. ...
Cooks Beach Home
Architects & Designers


Available for enquires
Living Lines Design is a local architectural draughting and design service who specialise in residential additions, renovations and new home designs.
Mercury Bay Day Camp - Adult and Teen Volunteers
Parades & Community Events

Event Info

April 21, 2020
Due to COVID-19 the 2020 camp has been CANCELLED. The Mercury Bay Day Camp is a community run event for children aged 6-13 years in the April school holidays....
The Frying Scottsman Cooks Beach Take Aways Fish & Chips
Take Aways & Bakery
Dine on the Beach– Kiwi Style – The Frying Scotsman is the only takeaway Bar in Cooks Beach.
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