Scan­drett Re­gional Park

Prime pic­nic spot with a safe swim­ming beach

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Scan­drett Re­gional Park on the south east­ern edge of Kawau Bay is an ideal set­ting for walk­ing, swim­ming, kayak­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, fish­ing and pic­nick­ing. The park takes its name from the Scan­drett fam­ily, who farmed the land for more than 130 years af­ter set­tling at Mul­let Point in 1863. They named the farm Lisa­dian af­ter Ge­orge Scan­drett’s home town in Ire­land. The farm’s home­stead, pic­tured right, was built in 1885 and is made of an early type of con­crete rather than the usual kauri tim­ber. The walls are made from lo­cally burnt lime mixed with beach peb­bles from Mo­tuketekete Is­land. The con­crete house re­placed an ear­lier wooden farm­house that was closer to the fore­shore. Four gen­er­a­tions of one fam­ily were raised un­der the roof of this house. For many years there was no road ac­cess and pro­duce, stock and sup­plies were brought in and out by boat. The park con­tin­ues to be a work­ing farm but walk­ing tracks are sign posted. The Mul­let Point loop be­gins at the farm carpark and takes about an hour re­turn. Head along the Kawau Bay Track un­til it joins the Mul­let Point Track. Or there’s a five minute walk to Martins Bay which also has a safe swim­ming beach.

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