Scott Point

His­toric beach­front home­stead within the Mahu­rangi Re­gional Park

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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 parks@arc.govt.nz.

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