Mangere Bridge Village

Mangere Bridge Village is tucked away on the Manukau Harbour shoreline, beneath the dormant volcanic cone of Mangere Mountain.
A fantastic approach to become accustomed to New Zealand culture is to visit Mangere Bridge Village, which is renowned for offering a welcoming but “genuine” sense of Kiwiana. The region is rich in history and culture, dating back to the early 1800s Maori settlement, a thriving Chinese market gardening community, and European colonisation. Numerous local roads bear the names of significant farming families that came to the area in the late 1800s. Many of the structures are still owned by the descendants of some of these famous families.

It boasts a number of well regarded cafes, takeaways including Subway, small supermarket, video stores, Interflora Florist, Post Office and 2 banks plus a number of ATM machines which accept all major bank cards.

Mangere Mountain

The Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean may both be seen from the top of Mangere Mountain, which is a short climb away. The Mangere Mountain Education Center, which grows numerous traditional Maori medicinal plants and rare kinds of kumara, is located at the foot of the mountain and provides an intriguing glimpse into life on the Maori Pa that resided on the mountain. The centre has interesting information regarding the origin of volcanoes, including Mangere Mountain, as well as Maori artefacts such handcrafted tools.

A short stroll from there you will find the Village itself, which, during the summer months, is festooned with colourful hanging baskets. A few minutes from here will bring you to the shores of the Manukau Harbour, the second largest harbour in New Zealand.

Ambury Farm Park

The pleasant walkway along Kiwi Esplanade ends at Ambury Farm Park, a working farm open to the public, where they welcome visitors to help feed the animals at 4pm daily and especially during the lambing season in August/September to help bottle feed the lambs. Campers are also welcome to stay.

Along the boundary of the farm there is a wonderful view across the Manukau Harbour which is home to some 80 species of birds, including migratory birds from Siberia, at various times of the year.