With the rain and wind coming from the east, we retreated from Scott Point to a lovely parkover place near Sandspit. We’d stayed there before in 2009 and it was nicely sheltered from the weather. It wasn’t a proper storm – and it had eased off by the next day. Which was lucky as it was Saturday and Saturday in these parts is Matakana Farmers Market. The market is a popular morning out from Auckland – somewhere you might go for brunch.
We enjoyed looking around and did get some yummy Turkish feta and spinach pastry things, and a nice loaf of bread. Plus there were lots of shops with nice things for villas in Ponsonby, and a Nosh shop with all sorts of tempting nosh.
Some friends called by that afternoon to catch up on their way north. And next day we headed back to Snells Beach to park up with them. We were keen to explore the motorhome parks and walked over to Algies Bay, via the headland in between called Highfield Garden Reserve. This is a reserve with a difference; there are donkeys to walk through and feed. Public donkeys I think. People feed them – anyone is allowed to. The whole place was gifted to the public, and the donkeys came as part of the deal. And you’re not supposed to look a gift donkey in the mouth 🙂
The next morning we went one last walk along the beachfront at Snells Beach before reluctantly heading on our way.
Gallery of photos – Scandrett and Scott Point (Mahurangi) Regional Park and Matakana and Snells Beach – Auckland July – August 2013
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