Brick Bay views
The first settlers in Matakana arrived about 1842 and lived along the coast on either side of the Matakana River. “An Englishman named Manners, a member of a branch of the Duke of Rutland’s family, started a brick kiln at Brick Bay between the river mouth and Snells Beach,” according to The Rock and the sky by H Mabbett. History books also say the area had a store, a hotel, a boarding house and a post office. To get to Brick Bay, follow the signs to Snells Beach from Warkworth but make a left turn after about 7km where Sandspit Rd curves down toward the water. Brick Bay Rd is a right turn just before the Sandspit camping ground. The bush-lined road winds up into the hills where many homes have spectacular views from Great Barrier Island back to Auckland and across to Kawau Island. Brick Bay has public toilets and a grassy reserve in front of the beach.