When people commonly visit Auckland many tend to explore and stick to exploring the central business district for food and culture, head out west to the scenery and beaches, or east for the shopping. Commonly South Auckland is ignored by visitors which is a total crime as it holds some of Auckland’s best-hidden gems.
Being located so close to South Auckland we have decided to compile a list of some of the best places to explore for the whole family!
The Auckland Botanic Gardens
Located in Manurewa, this sixty-four hectares of native bush was opened to the public in the eighties and attracts more than nine hundred thousand visitors a year. There are more than ten thousand plant varieties spread across twenty-three plus themed gardens, including threatened native plants, Perennials, native forest, edible garden and African plants to name a few. This can be a great idea to kill a few hours or take a picnic.
Awhitu Regional Park
This is one of Auckland best day trip destinations and best of all, its free. This regional park offers breath-taking views across the Manukau Heads all the way to the Waitakere Ranges. There is an assortment of bush walks and biking tracks, and take a picnic to enjoy in the many parks. An assortment of beaches are also nearby if you wish to cool off, and a visit to the Manukau Heads lighthouse should also be added to any trip out this way!
Considered one of Auckland most important historical sites, the Ōtuataua Stonefields is an internationally significant heritage and archaeological site that offer spectacular views across the harbor and rolling hills countryside. The dry stone walls that surround the park are remains from both Maori settlements and remnants from the Musket wars of the 1800’s. This is a must do for all history buffs.
The Villa Maria
For all you certified winos out there, this highlight of South Auckland is not to be missed. Established in the early sixties by one single man it has grown over the last fifty years to become a world-renowned brand. This villa comes complete with a Café and cellar door, to please the most experienced taste buds.