Wel­come to Ta­maki

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - THE 2 MUST DO'S -

Makau­rau. This is not the Auck­land of news head­lines but of beauty and na­ture, of rich Maori and Euro­pean his­tory, quiet beaches and rau­cous mar­kets. Its glory is in the vari­a­tion across this re­gion, stretch­ing from Man­gere Bridge in the west, south to Pa­pakura and the Hunua Ranges, east to the Marae­tai Coast and north to Manukau and Otara. The un­even, green-hilled land­scape has been shaped and moulded by vol­canic ac­tiv­ity, and the so­cial land­scape has proved just as mal­leable. New ar­rivals stamp their mark and the face of Auck­land is con­stantly chang­ing. Im­mi­gra­tion has pro­vided the bright crayons to fill the spa­ces of Auck­land’s blank colour­ing book. Fol­low­ing changes to im­mi­gra­tion law in the 1970s, sub­urbs in both South and East Auck­land grew in the num­bers of Asian, In­dian and Pa­cific Is­land res­i­dents (in 2013, 48.4% of Auck­land res­i­dents iden­ti­fied as Asian, Pa­cific Is­lan­der or Maori) and have be­come much more vi­brant for it. How­ever, as with all cities ex­pe­ri­enc­ing strong pop­u­la­tion growth, the de­mo­graphic makeup of the re­gions is con­stantly chang­ing. First-home buy­ers to­day are just as likely to be grab­bing their weekly fruit and veg­eta­bles from the Otara Mar­ket, or the Cleve­don Farm­ers' Mar­ket, than an in­ner-city su­per­mar­ket. Where South Auck­land teems with flavour, nearby East Auck­land is where both vis­i­tors and lo­cals can dis­ap­pear for a few days of es­cape from the city noise by leap­ing into a kayak and pad­dling into the sun­set, or heav­ing on a pack com­plete with tent and hik­ing boots to go bush in the Hunua Ranges – and still be back in the office in a shirt and tie Mon­day.

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