On the north eastern shore of Manukau Harbour, Mangere is a region of great historical significance to the Maori, centred around Mangere Mountain, a sacred peak. Easily accessed via the road bridge that links the city-side with the town of Mangere Bridge, there's a very real sense of community here, despite the high number of motels and other visitor accommodation that takes advantage of Mangere's close proximity to Auckland Airport.

To properly know Mangere, you need to take a walk up the mountain, and explore the many Maori ruins en route, before spending a well-earned rest admiring the truly spectacular views from the top.

Another big attraction of Mangere, are the Otuataua Stonefields, 250 acres of land containing some fascinating archaeological remains of European and Maori settlements, going back 800 years. Back in the present, kids will love the farm at Ambury Regional Park, where they can pet the animals and watch cows being milked.

You can also cycle or walk the scenic trails around the park, or set up your camera ready to catch one of the many native birds found in the grounds.