Scandrett Regional Park
Prime picnic spot with a safe swimming beach
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.