Time to take a walk
Right on the doorstep of Warkworth, Snells Beach and Algies Bay is the beautiful Scandrett Regional Park. With the arrival of spring, it’s a great time to dust off the walking boots and wonder throughout the park. At the cowshed, you can pick up a brochure which outlines the park’s various walks. At the first car park there’s the short walk to Martins Bay with its sandy swimming beach, boat ramp, playground and public toilets. Drive a bit further to the main car park in front of Scandrett Bay and learn the history of the Scandrett family-run farm before it became a regional park. Then wander down the beach or the grave road to the old baches at the end of the bay. These are avail- able for hire from the Auckland Regional Council. Continue along the lookout track which eventually joins the Mullet Point Track along the peninsular – there’s a historic Maori pa site and panoramic views. The Mullet Point Loop walk takes about an hour return starting at the bay car park. The Scandrett Bay Loop takes about 50 minutes return and walkers can join the track from either car park. To get to the park, follow the signs to Snells Beach from Warkworth. Drive straight through Snells Beach and past Algies Bay toward Martins Bay. Turn left into Scandrett Rd and follow the road to the end.