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Manukau is the heart of Auckland’s south, a vibrant cosmopolitan centre and home to the largest Polynesian community in the world. There’s lots to see and do, including the bustling markets, beautiful botanical gardens, shopping and the country’s biggest theme park. Manukau is a unique blend of urban, rural and coastal – which means lots of opportunities for fun, adventure and relaxation.

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Otara Markets in Manukau, South Auckland

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Get a thrill
Enjoy the exhilarating rides and attractions at New Zealand’s largest theme park. It’s a great family day out, with roller coasters, bumper boats, go karts, 3D motion master, dodgems and much more.

Taste the culture
For a taste of the Pacific, visit Otara Market, New Zealand’s largest street market bursting with life and flavour. Every Saturday, the Pacific Island, Māori and Asian stalls sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothing, arts and crafts.

Smell the flowers
Take a stroll through the stunning Auckland Botanic Gardens, home to more than 10,000 plants. Picnic on the grass, enjoy a bite in the café and admire the fantastic sculptures spread through the gardens.

Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manukau

Why visit?

Manukau is a hub of vibrant Pacific communities and cultures from around the world. This region in Auckland’s south is framed by magnificent coastline and dotted with beautiful parks and heritage sites. 

Take a drive and discover the stunning Awhitu Peninsula. The historical Manukau Heads Lighthouse at the end of the peninsula offers stunning views across the turbulent sea.

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