Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our New Favourite Park

We recently spent the day visiting Matakana and while exploring the area, we found the most fantastic hidden treasure...Scandrett Regional Park.
Welcome to Scandrett
We had spent a few hours on the beach at Martins Bay and were heading out when we spied a cattle stop and a small sign. We decided to make a quick detour and discovered the most fantastic park.
Beach fun
It was originally a farm with an old homestead, which you able to go into and explore. From bedrooms with candlewick bedspreads to old cow sheds and hen houses, there was so much for us to look at and discuss, it really felt like stepping back in time.
Exploring the original homestead
There was also a quiet beach with water so clear that you could see the rocks sparkling underneath the surface. Rosie and Harry had a ball exploring the gardens and beach. :)
Loved seeing the old wash house
The best thing about this park was how quiet it was. It was not as busy as any of the other beaches and parks, and it was so peaceful and relaxing to be there. We couldn't help but think how grateful we are to live so close to such beautiful places.
Playing on the beach
Only in New Zealand could you go to a beach in peak season and find only a handful of swimmers and picnic goers. We really are very blessed.
Two of the three baches available for rent
The most exciting thing is that there are three baches which you can rent for the weekend, right on the beach. They are very reasonably priced and are true Kiwi baches. We are hoping to head there for a family break at some stage so that we can soak up more of this idyllic spot. Definitely a must see if you are in the Matakana area.

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