From its thriving town centre, historic Hawkins Theatre and art galleries, to the rural area of Karaka, which is famous for its thoroughbred industry, Papakura has a perfect mix of town and country.
Auckland Museum has recently published its annual report, which shows increased visitor numbers for 2014/2015.
A signature event highlighting Franklin's creative talent with an exhibition from more than 180 established and emerging artists.
OurAuckland spoke to Photographic Collections Librarian Keith Giles.
Fresh Gallery Ōtara, an art exhibition space run by Auckland Council and the community.
With exotic plants, duck ponds, sports fields, bush walks and Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain is perfect for a winter outing.