Manukau Sights and Landmarks Guide, New Zealand
Manukau is a fresh, animated city found in New Zealand and has something for everyone. Whether the tourists want to explore striking recreational sites or parks, the coastline or just shopping in markets or tasting the city’s cuisine, Manukau Sights has it all. With the many places to visit and friendly inhabitants, Manukau will surely make visitors feel at home.
Manukau Sights – Home of the Arts
Manukau City has a total of six community art centers commemorating the range and ingenuity of the city’s community. The art centers provide exhibitions, special events; art classes and workshops open to people of all ages.
Mangere Arts Center. The Mangere Arts Center was first opened to the public in September 1998 and has great concentration on the community. This art center celebrates the Maori and Pacific Islands arts and culture. The art exhibits in the museum changes monthly and are available for viewing all throughout the year. Add to this, the art center also has traditional crafts created by natives of Aotearoa and the Pacific.
Fresh Gallery Otara. The gallery officially opened in May 2006 and is a great fusion of the Manukau Arts and the Otara Community. The main objective of the gallery is to support and provide a stage for budding local artists to display and sell their works while providing the artists the chance to enhance knowledge of expert art practice.
Manukau Sights – Parks
Manukau City has a number of parks and recreational sites that will appeal to tourists, child and adult alike.
Barry Curtis Park. The park is found in Flat Bush and is presently being expanded. The park’s main aim is to fashion a regionally important park which mirrors the community and cultures of Manukau. The Barry Curtis Park has a Wetland Playground already opened to the public.
Clevedon Scenic Reserve. This reserve is ideal for every trekker who loves to hike and be one with the environment. Clevedon is covered up with 100 hectares of natural bush and is 225 meters above the Wairoa River. At the peak of the reserve, trekkers will find a stunning view of the Clevedon Valley.
Manukau Sights – Heritage Sites
When traveling to Manukau, one is sure to travel through the story of New Zealand itself. Tourists will experience a taste of the country’s heritage from the volcanic birth, to Polynesian settlement, European Occupation and modern growth. Manukau Sights is an epitome of other heritage sites in Europe such as Wellington Sights.
Stockade Hill. The stockade was built in the 19th century using loop-holed sheets of irons. Women and children stayed at this hill in 1863 during hostile attacks by the Maoris.
Shamrock Cottage. This was initially constructed as the Royal Hotel in 1848. The hotel was known for its hospitality and excellent wines. There were 11 rooms in the building and a well at the back, which is 33 feet deep and can still be seen up to the present.
Whatever it is a tourist wants, Manukau is ready to offer. Other noteworthy events take place in areas near the city. Perhaps, exploring other towns or cities in New Zealand at nighttime is a good idea. Napier Nightlife has a list of wonderful options for the evening.
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