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ManukauNew Zealand

Find colorful markets, stunning gardens and New Zealand’s biggest theme park when you visit Auckland’s most multi-cultural district.

Come to Manukau to get a taste of Polynesian culture at the bustling markets and lively festivals. Smell the fragrance of thousands of flowers at Auckland’s botanical gardens and walk the paths around the expansive Manukau Harbour. Take a thrilling ride on the roller coasters and dodgem cars at Rainbow’s End theme park. Finish your day with a meal in one of the area’s superb restaurants serving cuisine from around the world.

Sometimes referred to as South Auckland, Manukau is actually a city in its own right. This city has the largest population of Polynesians anywhere in the world and is also New Zealand’s most ethnically diverse city. Discover the colorful Polynesian culture when you visit Otara Market. Buy some native Polynesian vegetables or try local specialties cooked with a hāngi, or earth oven. Browse stalls selling arts and crafts or stop to listen to a local band playing live music.

Children won’t want to miss Rainbow’s End, New Zealand’s largest theme park. Come here for a fun-packed day riding the roller coasters, Go Karts and more. The park also features the high-tech 3D Motion Master, an interactive cinema experience.

Make sure you visit the Botanical Gardens, where over 10,000 species of native and introduced plants are beautifully arranged. Explore the area’s surroundings and walk along the paths that wind around the large harbor. Enjoy stunning views across the water and see the Awhitu Peninsula in the distance.

Being the most ethnically diverse area of Auckland, Manukau has some superb food on offer. Take your pick from a number of Asian or Polynesian restaurants and enjoy a meal, often for great value.

Manukau is located 15 miles (23 kilometers) south of central Auckland. There is a local bus service but it is most convenient to explore the area by car. Accommodation here can be cheaper than in the city center and the area is a good base for exploring the region south of the city.

Top hotels in Manukau

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Manukau
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Manukau
4 out of 5
770A Great South Road, Manukau
The price is NZ$153 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Papatoetoe Old Railway Station Building ...

4.1/5Very Good! (138 reviews)

"Its close to shopping centre, has adequate parking, close to resturants and other food outlets and petrol station and very close to on ramp for both north and south bound traffic"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Manukau
Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
4 out of 5
17 Amersham Way, Manukau
The price is NZ$155 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in the heart of Manukau City, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Rainbow's End, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Butterfly Creek and Sylvia Park. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,262 reviews)

"Great stay as always, close to everything and parking is secure."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2020

Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
Asure Camelot Arms Motor Lodge
Asure Camelot Arms Motor Lodge
3.5 out of 5
525 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Manukau
The price is NZ$171 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this motel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Rainbow's End, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vector Wero Whitewater Park and Middlemore Hospital. Auckland ...

3.9/5Good! (116 reviews)

"Our room was very clean with every convenience at your fingertips. We also had warmth from the three air conditioners in the bedrooms and lounge. It was close proximity to Rainbows End and our starting point for departure for our group tour the next morning. Great hosts!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2020

Asure Camelot Arms Motor Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Manukau

Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
4 out of 5
17 Amersham Way, Manukau
The price is NZ$155 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in the heart of Manukau City, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Rainbow's End, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Butterfly Creek and Sylvia Park. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,262 reviews)

"Great stay as always, close to everything and parking is secure."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2020

Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
MCentral Apartments Manukau
MCentral Apartments Manukau
4 out of 5
17 Putney Way, Manukau
The price is NZ$165 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Papatoetoe Old Railway Station ...

3.6/5Good! (432 reviews)

"Nice and clean, reception workers could use abit of customer service strengthening but overall was a good stay"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2020

MCentral Apartments Manukau
Central Manukau Escape
Central Manukau Escape
3.5 out of 5
11 Freeman Way, Manukau

Situated in Manukau City, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Papatoetoe Old Railway ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Perfect for a family, great location. Will stay again"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Central Manukau Escape
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Manukau

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4/5(163 reviews)

Get soaked on the log flume, take the plunge on the drop tower, or take the kids for a family day out. This theme park has something for everyone.

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,179 reviews)

Ascend the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand for stunning views over Auckland. Dine in the rotating restaurant or take a dive from a height of 194 metres.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(340 reviews)

Just eight minutes from Auckland city centre white rhinos and a pride of lions roam. Wander safely and at your leisure amid tigers and elephants at Auckland Zoo.

Top activities in Manukau

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

NZ$89
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

NZ$459
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

NZ$32
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

NZ$55
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

NZ$239
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket
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Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket

NZ$23
Per adult

Reviews of Manukau

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
66
5 - Excellent 22.99651567944251%
4 - Good
127
4 - Good 44.250871080139376%
3 - Okay
78
3 - Okay 27.177700348432055%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 4.181184668989547%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 1.3937282229965158%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Apr. 2020

Okay place to stay Rainbows end handy Manukau mall handy

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Average

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb. 2020

Nothing much to see/visit here but easy place to drive and move around. Also if you have family/friends in this area will be easily accessable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

Great location - dry disheartening about the accommodation we chose to stay for 2 nights

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Feb. 2020

Been a while since i stayed in Manukau, but good changes overall and nice to new buildings going up there

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb. 2020

It's very central, close to the motorway.

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