Historic beachfront homestead within the Mahurangi Regional Park
The Scott family settled on the point in 1849 to build ships as Mahurangi Harbour was then a busy a hub of timber milling, ship building, firewood cutting and trade. Thomas Scott Junior built the Georgian-style house in 1877 on the site where his father, a ship builder, ran an inn until it was destroyed by fire. The building was slowly restored over a 20-year period by a task force from the Civic Trust Auckland – led by the late Margaret Newman, dedicated volunteers, and Friends of the Mahurangi who helped with the clean up. The house once had a substantial orchard, occupying most of the flat land behind. While the homestead is not open to the public, the front garden gives a real sense of history. According to JadeRiver,AHistoryof theMahurangi by R H Locker, Scotts was the only stopping place for the first steamers and passengers would seek refreshments at the inn. It was also the first post office and in 1862, Thomas Scott Junior became the first postmaster. It’s thought an addition to the present building was made about 1882 so the home could be used as a private boarding house. The family moved to Auckland soon after when Thomas became the master of SS Coromandel and didn’t return until about 1910 when he retired. Thomas died a year later, and wife Janet moved to Auckland to join her daughter and died in 1922. The house became a family holiday home and also had various tenants, but suffered half a century of decline until it was added to the regional park in 1973. In the 1950’s a second generation Scott, Norman Bailey, built Bailey’s Cottage. The cottage has a beautiful view of the harbour and a few minutes walk down a short track to Scott Point where there are plenty of opportunities to kayak, boat, fish, walk, picnic and swim. There’s a waterski lane and people can walk to Casnell Island or Manganui at low tide. The homestead is available as a venue for special occasions. To get to Scott Point take State Highway One to Warkworth and follow the signs to Snells Beach. About 1km past Snells Beach turn right into Ridge Rd and follow to the end of the road. For cottage bookings call the Auckland Regional council on 09 366 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.