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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 central Auckland (until 2010, Auckland City). Manukau is one of the truly multi-cultural urban areas of the world, with Pacific Island nationalities being particularly strongly represented among its residents. There are over 55 different ethnic groups that make up the population of this unique urban area, with people from Europe, Asia, and the Americas here. (less...) (more...)
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Points of Interest in Mangere
- Auckland Botanic Gardens. Hill Road, Manurewa. Free. Has over 10,000 different plant types, both natives and exotics, spread over 65 hectares.
- Butterfly Creek. Tom Pearce Drive (near Auckland International Airport). 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. Corner of Lady Marie Drive & Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. This historical park gives visitors a taste of what life was like from 1840 to 1880. Every day except 1 January, 25 December, Good Friday and Anzac Day 10AM-4PM. Adults $14, children over 5 $8.
- Otuataua Stonefields, site of ancient Maori gardens on a low volcano.
The resident population of Manukau City in the 2001 census was 283,200. It is now believed to be in excess of 310,000 making Manukau one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand. It has welcomed more than 5,500 new residents each year since 1996. The Howick and Manurewa wards accounted for 60% of the growth, with the remainder spread evenly amongst the remaining wards.
Manukau's diverse population makes it unique. It has over 55 different ethnic groups represented. 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.
Also of interest is the age spread of Manukau's population. Manukau has a large proportion of people under 25 years of age (41.9%) making it a urban area with a very strong young population.
- Rainbow's End. Is NZ’s premier family-based theme park with many rides and attractions. Bus routes 471-472, 474, 487, 497.
- Climb Mangere Mountain, an extinct volcano and former site of a pre-European Maori village, overlooking the Manukau Harbour.
- Visit Howick Historical Village, a living historical museum located in Pakuranga where you can see some of the many items on display and in storage relating to early life in Auckland.
- Finn McCools Irish Pub Manukau, 712 Great South Road. Finn McCools is a great pub with great grub. With a wide variety of food from bar snacks, steaks, & gourmet pizzas.
- Mangere Town Centre market, Mangere. Sa 07:00-noon. Just like Otara Flea Market. A good place to buy Polynesian food
- Otara Flea Market, Otara Shopping Centre, Newbury St. Sa 6AM–noon. Huge selection of clothes, household items and food. Otara has a large Polynesian and Maori population and the market reflects the culture of the area. You can buy Pacific Island music and clothing for example. Well worth a wander around.
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