Lisadian Farm and Mahurangi Harbour

Mahurangi and Scandrett Regional Parks

In which Miles visits not one but two of Auckland’s northern-most regional parks.

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Visit the Auckland Council site for more info on Mahurangi and Scandrett Regional Parks

Mahurangi Regional Park consists of three peninsulas at the mouth of the Mahurangi Harbour.  One of these is accessible only by boat.  I wasn’t clear on all of the details while researching this park, so I headed for nearby Scandrett Regional Park instead.  But when I saw a sign directing me to Mahurangi Park I made a quick decision to check it out.

Car park and pier at Mahurangi Regional Park
Car park and pier at Mahurangi Regional Park

This part of Mahurangi Park includes the historic beach-front Scott Homestead.

Scott Homestead
Scott Homestead
Beach right in front of Scott Homestead
Beach right in front of Scott Homestead
The island at the end of the beach is apparently it’s own reserve; Casnell Island Scenic Reserve.
Coast of Casnell Island
Coast of Casnell Island
I had a nice walk around the rock shelf around Casnell Island, then continued on my way to Scandrett Park.
The Lisadian family home is preserved at Scandrett Regional Park.  There are a number of red-painted buildings, including a barn and boat shed, and a nice garden behind the house.
Lisadian family home
Lisadian family home

I walked the Mullet Point Loop track which takes in most of Scandrett Park, including the picturesque Mullet Point.

The peninsula on the right leads to Mullet Point
The peninsula on the right leads to Mullet Point
Trail to Mullet Point
Trail to Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point
Scenery along the Mullet Point Loop track
Scenery along the Mullet Point Loop track
View from Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point
View from Mullet Point

With spring approaching I’ve had more opportunities to get some good pictures of local birds.  Who can identify this resident of Scandrett Park?

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Lisadian Farm and Mahurangi Harbour
Lisadian Farm and Mahurangi Harbour

Scandrett Regional Park is a small park with a remote feel, a little over an hour’s drive north from central Auckland.  With the long beach, pasture land and beautiful coastal scenery it is a very pleasant day out.  I passed no other visitors along the Mullet Point Loop track.

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