Spotlight on our local board neighbourhoods - Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

Last Updated : 03 Dec 2020
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Dominated by Māngere Mountain and surrounded by the the Manukau Harbour and the Tāmaki Estuary, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu is an area of outstanding natural beauty, history and heritage.

The area is home to the Ambury Regional Park and significant archaeological sites, the Robertson Hill-Sturges Park volcanic cones and the historic Portage route (Te Tō Waka). This route was used by Māori to transfer waka between the Manukau Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.

Spotlight on Mangere-Otahuhu

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu includes Auckland Airport and its surrounding industrial areas, Ambury Farm, Māngere Mountain, the Ōtuataua Stonefields, a Villa Maria winery and the Māngere Markets.

The area is vibrant melting pot of cultural diversity. In 2013, 60.1 per cent of the population identified with Pacific ethnicities and 17.2 percent with an Asian ethnic group. The focus on local markets, retail, festivals, art galleries, sports games and religion reflect this diversity.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu's population: 70,959 or five per cent of Aucklanders (2013 census).

Great things to do: 

  • TheŌtāhuhu Toia recreation centre has something for everyone with its swimming areas, recreation courts, library and café, outdoor basketball court, playgrounds and BBQ area
  • Make your way along the Manukau Harbour cycle and walkways from the  Māngere Bridge all the way to Otuataua Stonefields
  • Explore the serene Otuataua Stonefields with its wildlife and stonework created by Maori communities
  • Enjoy a spot of wine tasting and something to eat at the Vineyard Café at Villa Maria winery
  • Savour some real fruit ice cream from the region’s favourite, The Strawberry Farm in Māngere 
  • Close to the airport you’ll find Butterfly Creek, Lock N Load Paintball, Treasure Island mini golf, the Formula E Indoor Raceway, and JKs World of Golf driving range
  • Catch a popular show or class at the Māngere Arts Centre
  • Enjoy a family day out at Ambury Farm, where you can feed farm animals before sitting down to a picnic
  • Stroll through the vibrant Māngere and Ōtāhuhu markets every Saturday, nearby the Ōtāhuhu Phoenix Sports Club and next to the Māngere Town Centre
  • Check out local rugby and football talent at Centre Park, Sturges Park, or Walter Massey Park fields
  • Wander up Māngere Mountain or along Seaside Park in Ōtāhuhu.
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Did you know? 

  • Māngere Mountain is one of the largest volcanic cones in the Auckland volcanic field
  • Ōtāhuhu’s name is taken from the Maori name for a volcanic cone, and refers to eating uncooked huhu grubs!
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