Although still technically part of Auckland from the Council’s prospective, Shakespear Park is about an hours drive north of the city centre. This beach at Te Haruhi Bay has some of the most clear water I have seen in this part of the country. This might have had something to do with it being summer and the middle of sunny day. Sadly I didn’t have time to go for a swim but it isn’t too far away to revisit. The volcanic island on the horizon is Rangitoto Island across the Hauraki Gulf.