Manukau

Auckland
Rainbow\'s End showing rides as well as a large group of people

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.


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Manukau Motor Lodge
Manukau Motor Lodge
3 out of 5
631 Great South Road, Auckland
The price is AU$148 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Located in Manukau City, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Manukau Institute of Technology is ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (189 reviews)
"Friendly staff. What i did not like is the twin room had one portable small heater that took a while to heat the room in the middle of winter. The bathroom was not ideal. Toilet and bathroom in one separating the two with a curtain. Water every where you shower. The shower pressure was terrible and ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Manukau Motor Lodge
Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport
4 out of 5
17 Amersham Way, Auckland
The price is AU$158 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Located in Manukau City, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Rainbow's End, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Butterfly Creek and Sylvia Park. Mt. Smart Stadium ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,297 reviews)
"A clean, well kept property that was relaxing and had everything needed. Friendly and communicative front desk staff."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

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MCentral Apartments Manukau
MCentral Apartments Manukau
4 out of 5
17 Putney Way, Auckland
The price is AU$158 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Located in Manukau City, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rainbow's End and Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre. Manukau Institute of Technology ...
3.5/5 Good! (479 reviews)
"The property was in an easy walk of 15-20 mins to the Vodafone Events Centre which was one of our reasons to stay here. Countdown supermarket at Westfield is very close by which was helpful when travelling with children and needing groceries."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

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Manukau City Lodge
Manukau City Lodge
2.5 out of 5
12 Jack Conway Avenue, Auckland
Located in Manukau City, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Manukau Institute of Technology is 2.8 ...
2.6/5 (23 reviews)
Stayed for Honeymoon.
"Was a nice warm motel to stay in. The only complaint is how noise the stairs are and how noise the door is. There were planes flying over a night but couldn't hear onces the door was closed No soap that worked . Got wat we paid for really"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2018

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Manukau City Lodge
The Sebel Auckland Manukau
The Sebel Auckland Manukau
4.5 out of 5
16 Lakewood Court, Manukau, Auckland
Located in Manukau City, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Rainbow's End and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Auckland Botanical Gardens. Butterfly Creek and Sylvia ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (208 reviews)
"All over excellent service. Thank you so much . See you again"

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2020

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Asure Camelot Arms Motor Lodge
Asure Camelot Arms Motor Lodge
3.5 out of 5
525 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$161 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Located in Manukau City, this motel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Rainbow's End, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vector Wero Whitewater Park and Middlemore Hospital. Auckland ...
3.8/5 Good! (123 reviews)
"I double paid and I am still waiting for my refund, the Asian man said I didn’t pay but I had in fact paid online at time of my booking prior to staying. The English man was very nice to talk to and he said he will process my refund, thank you for your kind service and hospitality, you are an asset ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Asure Camelot Arms Motor Lodge
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