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Manukau is part of the Auckland metropolitan area, which is in the Auckland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Sometimes known as South Auckland, it lies immediately to the south and east of Auckland City.


Manukau's diverse population makes it unique. It is one of the truly multi-cultural cities of the world, with Pacific Island nationalities being particularly strongly represented among its residents. There are over 55 ethnic groups that make up the population, with people from Europe, Asia, and the Americas also here.

Manukau has the highest proportion of Pacific Island residents (25.6%) of any New Zealand city. In some cases, there are more Pacific Island residents living in Manukau than there are on the Pacific Islands that those residents originate from.

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By plane[edit]

  • Auckland International Airport, the main international gateway to New Zealand, is at Mangere.

InterCity operates New Zealand's largest passenger transport network with many services stopping in Manukau. Fares start from just $1 (+ booking fee) and all InterCity bus services include free WiFi. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or throughout the country at numerous booking agents, including the i-SITE network.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens [1], in Manurewa, has over 10,000 different plant types, both natives and exotics, spread over 65 hectares.
  • Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive (near Auckland International Airport), [2]. A tropical butterfly and moth house. Any time is good to see the butterflies but the best time is on sunny mornings. The butterfly house is warm and humid. Also has some tropical aquaria, farmyard animals, a train for the kids and a cafe.
  • Howick Historical Village, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, [3]. This historical park gives visitors a taste of what life was like from 1840 to 1880. Open seven days a week from 10 AM to 4 PM. Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
  • Otuataua Stonefields, site of ancient Maori gardens on a low volcano.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Rainbow's End [4] is NZ’s premier family-based theme park with many rides and attractions. Bus routes 471-472, 474, 487, 497.
  • Climb Mangere Mountain [5], an extinct volcano and former site of a pre-European Maori village, overlooking the Manukau Harbour.

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  • Otara Flea Market. Every Sat from 6AM - 12 noon at the Otara Shopping Centre, Newbury St. Huge selection of clothes, household items and food. Otara is largely populated by Polynesian and Maori people and this market reflects the culture of the area. You can buy Pacific Island music and clothing for example. Worth a wander around.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Heartland Hotel Auckland Airport, 14 Airpark Drive, +64 (09) 275 4540. [6]

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