Scandrett Regional Park is located on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula. Surprisingly this spot feels still relatively undiscovered, because on the day we visited it was a stunning summer Sunday afternoon and whilst the neighbouring Martins Bay was packed, Scandrett bay felt secluded and quiet. We were also fortunate to spot some baby shorebirds foraging along the rockbeds.
It is picturesque and sheltered and includes lovely grassy areas to picnic and play sport. Pohutakawa trees provide lovely natural shade right on the beach. Carparking is nice and handy to the bay, public toilets, drinking fountains and running water also available.
Boat launching facilities are not available, however it is a popular spot for fishing off the rocks.
A lovely safe swimming beach and a great spot to launch a kayak and explore the coast.
It is a place of historical significance featuring the family homestead of the Scandrett family and the original farm buildings (cowshed, diary, boatshed etc) dating back to the late 1870s.
It is also a great place to view shorebirds with a resident population of NZ dotterel and oystercatcher. Kereru, tui, fantail are often spotted here as well.
There are some great walking tracks as well;
Martins Bay Track - Next to the park is Martins Bay. Park at the entrance car park just before the old cream shed and head down the hill Mullet Point Loop - 1 hour (2kms). This loop track begins below the carpark next to the historic farm area and includes Kawau Bay and Pigsty Tracks. Experience the historic Maori Pa site and panoramic views at Mullet Point. Scandretts Bay Loop - 3/4 hour (1km). This loop starts at either car park and takes you through the historic farm area, the former orchard and the present farm whilst providing great views of Scandretts Bay.