ABOUT AUCKLAND SOUTH
Auckland South offers residents a wide choice of lifestyles – from urban settings to tranquil rural living. The area is ethnically diverse, providing residents with a range of experiences and foods. The jewel in the crown of Auckland South is the Awhitu Peninsula and it is home to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, one of the few in New Zealand that is open to the public. Awhitu Regional Park is a nature-lover’s paradise where you can enjoy mountain biking, swimming, fishing, horse riding and walking.
Manukau is home to a large Polynesian community and the famous Otara Flea Market operates every Saturday, with a strong Polynesian influence. The area has a number of kid-friendly attractions, including Rainbow’s End, New Zealand’s largest theme park; Butterfly Creek, where you can walk through the tropical butterfly house and see saltwater crocodiles and farm animals; and Vector Wero Whitewater Park. The Vodafone Events Centre is also located in Manukau.
Residents have access to a number of shopping centres, the largest two being Westfield Manukau City and Manukau Supa Centa. The Manukau Institute of Technology has two campuses in Manukau and one in Otara and has a broad range of study options for students and the South Campus of Auckland University of Technology is also located in Manukau.
Pukekohe and Bombay
Pukekohe is a country town with a population of over 22,000. According to the Auckland Plan 2050, significant growth is anticipated in this area over the next 30 years. Approximately 1700 hectares of land for future urban development has been identified around Pukekohe, including around 790 hectares in Paerata.
Pukekohe is a major centre for equestrian and motorsport events and the annual V8 International Supercar event is held at Pukekohe Park Raceway every April. Pukekohe Park is also home to the Counties Racing Club, which hosts horse races throughout the year and has a Thoroughbred Training Centre.
Pukekohe has a thriving artistic community and is well known for handmade jewellery and traditional bone carvings. The Pukekohe Market has been running for 20 years every Saturday morning and at Pokeno Market on Sundays for just over 10 years.
The area is serviced by the Pukekohe High School, the Pukekohe Intermediate School and the Pukekohe East, Pukekohe Hill, Valley, Pukekohe North, KingsGate, St Joseph’s and Tamaoho primary schools. Many children from the area also travel by bus to attend Kings College, Sacred Heart College, St Kentigern’s, Hamilton Boys HS, Baradene, Hauraki Plains College, St Peter’s Collegiate and Strathallan College.
Bombay is a settlement 10 km south-east of Drury, on an eroded volcano which formed the steep Bombay hills. It is home to New Zealand’s largest olive estate, Bracu Estate. The area has a number of boutique farmstays, giving visitors the opportunity to participate in a genuine local farming experience. The Mount William Walkway hosts a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, including kauri, hard beech and king ferns. From the Mount William summit (373 m) there are expansive views to the West Coast and Firth of Thames.
Drury, a 30-minute drive from Auckland’s city centre, is considered to be one of Auckland’s fastest growing regions. Drury South Crossing is currently under development and is a 361-hectare master planned mixed-use precinct that will include industrial buildings and 800 residential homes. Approximately 6000 jobs are expected to be created on completion of the project, in the distribution, food processing, tech, manufacturing and logistics sectors. A new town centre is also being planned for Drury, following the purchase of a 51-hectare site by developers Kiwi Property.
Last year, the government announced a $2.4 billion Government investment in new roads and rail in South Auckland. The project includes three new rail stations (two in Drury and one in Paerata), Papakura to Pukekohe rail electrification, State Highway 1 improvements/shared walking/cycling path between Papakura and Drury, upgrades to Mill Park Rd and a third main rail line (Wiri to Quay Park).
The list of awards won by Stonewood Homes Auckland South is testament to the team’s commitment to building the best homes within their clients’ budgets. They have won more than 10 Master Builders House of the Year awards, including a National Award in the Top 100 Homes 2019 for their stunning entertainer’s dream house in Beachlands. Stonewood Homes Auckland South have also won Franchise of the Year for exceptional operation standards.
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