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About this park

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.


Opening hours

Pedestrian access Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Non daylight savings)

How to get to Scandrett

Physical Address:   114 Scandrett Road, Mahurangi East

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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Distance from Auckland CBD

82 km


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Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Scandrett SCC parking area
Beaches
Beaches

Scandretts Bay is the main beach. It is located about 50 meters from the main Scandretts Bay car park.

Boat ramp
Boat ramp

There is no boat ramp at Scandrett Regional Park. The closest is in Martins Bay which is a 5 minute drive from Scandrett.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage

Good reception over most of the park.

Interpretation
Interpretation

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.

Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

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.

Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

There is 1 male and 1 female limited mobility accessible toilet. The facility is approached by both ramp and steps.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

There is no formed access to the beach at Scandrett. For special access provisions contact us on (09) 301 0101.

Native bush
Native bush

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.

Notice board
Notice board

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.

Parking
Parking

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.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

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.

Potable water
Potable water

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.

Pram access
Pram access

Scandretts Bay foreshore area is suitable for pram access. The walking tracks will cause difficulties with some steep areas, stiles and closed gates.

Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone

Located at the main notice board within the old cow shed in the dairy room.

Ranger office
Ranger office

Located within the Scandrett Homestead and adjacent to the Scandrett Bay car park.

Security gates
Security gates

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.

Toilet block
Toilet block

There is one toilet block located adjacent to the main Scandrett car park. It contains separate male and female rooms.

Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

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.

Park activities

History

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.