Manukau is the heart of South Auckland, a vibrant metropolis home to the world’s largest Polynesian community. Formerly a farming community, it has transformed into a diverse mecca with over 165 ethnic groups represented in the region.
At the Ōtara Markets, you can get a taste of the Pacific with fresh produce, crafts, and jewellery. March brings the incredible Polyfest cultural festival, featuring traditional music, dance, costume, and cultural speech competitions.
As Auckland’s largest hub outside the city centre, Manukau offers plenty of activities to stay active and entertained. Rainbow’s End, New Zealand’s largest theme park, has over 20 enjoyable attractions. Nearby, families can enjoy trampoline parks, mini-golf, and paddleboarding at Vector Wero Whitewater Park.
Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Auckland Botanic Gardens and the Puhinui Stream Forest Trail. The New Zealand Warbirds Visitor Centre is a must-visit for aviation enthusiasts with restored classics and memorabilia spanning 100 years.
Location Te wāhi
ManukauPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Manukau is a 20-minute drive to the central city and is accessible by train and bus.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Enjoy a warm summer night at Night Rides at Rainbow’s End to explore this well-known theme park into the night. Be sure to book tickets early as they often sell out.