Park sights in New Zealand
On the ocean side of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park has a sandy beach, walking tracks, patches of regenerating forest, another historic homestead, more pa sites and great views towards Kawau Island. Three baches (sleeping six to eight) are available for rent.
Parents bring their children to this picturesque park to be traumatised by pushy, bread-fattened geese and to partake of the popular adventure playground. It’s a great spot for a picnic and to get acquainted with playful pukeko (swamp hens). Formed by a confluence of lava flows, more than 4 million litres bubble up into the central lake daily. Until 1902 this was Auckland’s main water supply.
From the city, catch any bus heading west via Great North Rd (adult/child $3.40/2). By car, take the Western Springs exit from the North Western Motorway.