Kia Ora, welcome to Manukau, the vibrant, diverse and unique regional hub south of Auckland city.
This rapidly expanding multicultural city calls itself ‘The Face of the Future’ celebrating youth and vitality and the 55 ethnic groups that call Manukau home. The city centre is very close to Auckland International Airport and visitors will find the Manukau Shopping Centre, Rainbow’s End Adventure Park and the Regional Botanic Gardens are all conveniently placed. Rainbow’s End is New Zealand’s largest family theme park, featuring world-class rides and attractions including the infamous ‘Fear Fall’ – an 18 storey high tower with an 80 km/hr free fall. The Botanic Gardens have 65 hectares of plant collections with 10,000 different plants. Manukau city boasts 18 shopping centres including New Zealand’s newest and largest retail complex, the Botany Town Centre. Every Saturday morning Manukau’s colourful ethnic culture is showcased at the Otara Market, a bustling traditional Polynesian feast of food, music, arts and crafts.
Manukau city also embraces wide-open spaces such as native bush reserves, green rolling pastureland and 300 kilometres of coastline with pristine swimming beaches. The Clevedon Valley has a unique country village with boutique accommodation, dining, art and craft, vineyards, polo and golf. On the way to Clevedon, visit the Howick Historical Village, a living museum presenting life in an old soldier’s Fencible Village during Auckland’s colonial period.
Premier events on the Manukau calendar include the Car Rally of New Zealand, The Ellerslie Flower Show and the Three Day Equestrian Event.
Manukau is New Zealand’s third largest city and has the fastest growing population, now totalling 310,000. Visitors will find a fascinating diversity here in the form of interesting places, open spaces, attractions, adventures, arts and crafts, heritage and history, and award winning restaurants and accommodation. The ‘Face of the Future’ offers a lot of fun in the present.