Manukau is a bustling cosmopolitan centre, home to the biggest Polynesian community in the world and is a melting pot of other cultures. A great way to experience South Auckland is to visit Otara Market on a Saturday morning. Manukau is also home to New Zealand’s greatest theme park at Rainbow’s End. Plus the area also has strong history and you can explore the remains of Māori settlements around Mangere, including the Otuataua Stonefields. Follow the marked trail over Mangere Mountain, the least modified of Auckland’s volcanic cones.
Mangere is an area of significant historical interest. Explore the remains of Māori settlements through Mangere’s landmarks. Follow the marked trail as you walk up Mangere Mountain and see some of the features that are still visible today.
Manukau is a multi-cultural eye-opener and a fantastic place to meet people from across the Pacific and around the world. The township itself is a bustling cosmopolitan centre, home to the biggest Polynesian community in the world and a melting pot of other cultures.
Auckland Airport is possibly not the first place to spring to mind, unless you’re an avid plane spotter. But the area that surrounds it has become a destination in its own right with a number of attractions that shouldn’t be missed.
Residents and visitors can enjoy a relaxed pace-of-life, great shopping and exceptional dining options. Franklin offers a selection of activities including adrenaline adventures, motorsport experiences, horseriding, and golf courses.
The magnificent Awhitu Peninsula is a destination of contrasts, a rugged peninsula to the south-west of Auckland, Awhitu is both spectacular and wild. For a place with such rich history, character and natural beauty it is surprisingly still a hidden gem to many Aucklanders.