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Perched on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park encompasses Mullet Point and includes regenerating coastal forest, rocky headlands that protrude into Kawau Bay, an attractive beach and a precinct of historic farm buildings.
Park land and associated beaches, no dogs at all times, including in vehicles.
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Take State Highway 1 to Warkworth. Follow the signs to Snells Beach. Approximately 3km beyond Algies Bay turn left into Scandrett Road and follow the road to the end.
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Scandretts Bay is the main beach. It is located about 50 meters from the main Scandretts Bay car park.
There is no boat ramp at Scandrett Regional Park. The closest is in Martins Bay which is a 5 minute drive from Scandrett.
Good reception over most of the park.
Scandrett has several information panels describing the historic homestead, farm buildings and history of the Scandrett family that owned and farmed the area from 1863. Interpretation inside the house is viewable through the front window on the veranda.
The main car park has a limited mobility car park next to the access path to the toilet block. Gobi pavers comprise the surface of the car park, the gaps of which are filled with gravel and grass so moving over them with a wheelchair or walking equipment is reasonably easy.
There is 1 male and 1 female limited mobility accessible toilet. The facility is approached by both ramp and steps.
There is no formed access to the beach at Scandrett. For special access provisions contact us on (09) 301 0101.
No amplified music is allowed. This includes bluetooth speakers and Amps.
A significant remnant of coastal forest containing pohutukawa, taraire, kohekohe, tawapou, mahoe and kowhai covers the park’s cliff bound southern coastline. There are also areas of young regenerating forest resulting from planting efforts over recent years.
There are 2 notice boards located on the park. ● The main notice board: Located near the north end of the beach within the old cow shed. It contains a phone for contacting rangers or making SCC bookings. Notice boards contain park maps, brochures, information for park facilities, activities, codes and rules and tides.
● Orientation board: Located in the entrance car park at the top of Martins Bay track. It contains a park map with facilities, walks etc.
There are 3 car parking areas at Scandrett ● Entrance car park: A total of 10 Spaces approx. Located before and after the automatic gate entrance to the park. ● Hill Top car park: 10 Spaces. Located beside the stock yards. This is only used when the ground conditions allow. ● Scandretts Bay car park: 40 Spaces Approx. At the end of the Scandrett access road. This is a small parking area so buses and other large vehicles should use the hill top car park when ground conditions allow.
There are two picnic tables on the park. One is located on the beach front directly in front of the Scandretts Bay car park. The other is located mid beach, along the north side of the beach road.
There are two drinking fountains in the park. One is adjacent to the main car park and the second is located between the beach and homestead. The water from these fountains is treated bore supply and safe to drink.
Scandretts Bay foreshore area is suitable for pram access. The walking tracks will cause difficulties with some steep areas, stiles and closed gates.
Located at the main notice board within the old cow shed in the dairy room.
Located within the Scandrett Homestead and adjacent to the Scandrett Bay car park.
The automatic park gate is located at end of Scandrett Road, approximately 200 meters past the cattle stop at the start of the park. The gate automatically opens and closes as per the park gate opening and closing times. See “About This Park” for details. The gates will automatically open for vehicles exiting the park at all times.
There is one toilet block located adjacent to the main Scandrett car park. It contains separate male and female rooms.
There is approximately 1.5km of unsealed access road into Scandrett Regional Park. The road becomes sealed about 250 meters past the main gate into Scandrett and heads down the hill to the main car park.
Scandrett is a great place to view shorebirds with a resident population of NZ dotterel and oyster catcher. Kereru, tui, fantail and many other species also frequent the park.
Scandretts Bay is generally calm and makes for a pleasant boating experience. There is no boat ramp at Scandrett but boats of 3 metres or less can be hand launched from the beach. They must be carried over the parkland from the car park as to not damage the grass. Scandretts Bay is very tidal so launching and landing can be very difficult at low tide. Launch from Scandretts Bay or the boat ramp at Martins Bay.
Scandretts Bay itself is not a good spot for diving but you may have better luck from Mullet Point where good rock shelf deep water diving is possible. This involves a lengthy rock walk to access first. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.
Scandrett is a working farm so you may meet sheep and cattle during your stroll. You are free to wander through the paddocks containing farm animals but please follow any safety signs and respect restricted areas. Please leave gates as you find them.
Scandrett offers some good fishing opportunities with fishing being very popular from the rock shelf below Mullet Point. Tide awareness is very important here as the area can be cut off at high tide. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.
Kayaking within the wind sheltered Scandretts Bay is very pleasant for all ages and abilities in calm conditions. For the more experienced kayaker it is possible to paddle out to Kawau Island. Launch from Scandretts Bay but be aware that the bay is very tidal so launching and landing can be very difficult at low tide.
Mountain biking is permitted on open farmland and all tracks unless otherwise indicated. However, the area isn’t considered mountain bike friendly with most tracks crossing farm paddocks and there are many closed gates to lift your bike over.
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Scandrett is a great place for a picnic and it is easy to find a picturesque spot of your own. Feel free to bring your own gas barbeque. Groups of 75 people or more require a discretionary consent. Conditions apply and consent is granted on a case by case basis.
Scandrett offers some great sights via its main beach area or its walking tracks. Elevated viewpoints allow for expansive ocean views across large parts of the Hauraki Gulf with offshore islands such as Kawau clearly visible.
The Scandretts Bay beach is very calm and makes for a pleasant swim and it is suitable for children. The best swimming is at high tide as it is a very tidal bay with a large expanse of exposed mud flats at low tide.
Volunteer opportunities at Scandrett Regional Park include assisting with the opening of the historic buildings for public viewing, working on the pest control programme, asset maintenance such as basic fence repairs or track work, garden care, horticultural work and many more things besides.
Most volunteers are very self managing at Scandrett, and once trained and introduced to the AC Regional Parks requirements such as safety protocol and equipment training, they have the choice of either working in a small team or if they wish, on their own.
There may also be ongoing opportunities to work alongside the ranger staff on various tasks as well as alongside other volunteers. Every winter season, additional help is always required to assist with the tree planting re-vegetation program at Scandrett Regional Park.
Scandrett offers a variety of walks through which you can discover a Maori pa site at Mullet Point, great ocean views to Kaw?au Island and the interesting farm precinct and former orchard. See the "Tracks" tab at the top of this page for more information. Click on the link below for track information:
The park is not a "wedding venue site". It is an outdoor venue for appropriate outdoor events. A wedding event is just one of many different outdoor events that may take place at Scandrett Regional Park. Normal booking rules apply.
The Mullet Point area was known to Māori as Purahurawai “the expansive, sparkling waters”. In those days Māori came from throughout the Hauraki Gulf to Kawau Bay (off Mullet Point) to catch and dry sharks for a winter food source.
There are a number of sites of past Māori settlement within Scandrett Regional Park, including two headland pā.
The land was the site of early shipbuilding during the 1850s and 1860s. When George Scandrett arrived from Ireland in 1863, its long farming history began.
The historic Scandrett homestead, built around 1885, differs from many other early farmhouses in that it is made of an early type of concrete instead of the usual kauri timber. The associated farm buildings – a barn, milking shed,
boat shed, calf shed (formerly a hen house), implement shed, dairy and cream sheds are relics of a bygone era when access to the property was by sea. They have been restored and remain a central feature of the park.
The Scandrett family continued to farm the land until it was sold to the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) in 1998.
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