Mangere and South Auckland Guide

Located just minutes from the Airport in a quiet corner away from flight paths and motorway noise, Holiday Inn Auckland Airport offers a beautiful oasis to relax and explore the local attractions.

To help you plan your stay we have put together a South Auckland Guide, plus some helpful tips for travelling with kids.

Where to Stay Weekend Package

Spring Activities Where to Dine

Things to do in South Auckland

Explore the many attractions of Auckland, Escape on a short day trip, all within a short drive from the hotel. You will find an abundance of fun, family-friendly things to do. Here are our top picks in Auckland South to help you plan your itinerary.


  • Butterfly Creek – enjoy free-flying exotic butterflies and tropical creatures. Approximately 10 minutes drive.
  • Formula E Indoor Raceway – the latest and safest carting technology. Approximately 2 minutes drive.

  • Treasure Island Golf – pirate ships, waterfalls, and shark infested waters. Approximately 10 minutes drive.

  • The Strawberry Farm – located just down the road, The Strawberry Farm offers fresh punnets of strawberries packed full of flavour as well as real fruit strawberry ice cream – a must try to remind you of summer.
  • Rainbow’s End Theme Park – New Zealand’s largest theme park. Approximately 12 minutes drive.


  • Villa Maria Winery – nationally and internationally awarded winery. Approximately 5 minutes drive.

  • Auckland Botanic Gardens – over 64 hectares with 10,000 plants. Approximately 15 minutes drive.

  • Dress-Smart Outlet Shopping – one of the best spots to shop in Auckland with up to 70% less than regular retail prices. Approximately 10 minutes drive.

  • Sylvia Park – Now with Zara and H&M, one of Auckland’s biggest shopping malls. Only 15 minutes drive.

  • One Tree Hill –  grazed by sheep and cattle, gives you the impression you are in the countryside. Approximately 10 minutes away.
  • Eden Garden – beautiful 2 hectares of former quarry land. Approximately 15 minutes away.
Photo courtesy of The Strawberry Farm
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Where to eat near the airport?

There are some great spots to eat nearby that cater to all tastes and budgets. Take a look at some of the great options our team has pulled together for this Auckland spring.


Auckland Airport dining

Vapor Restaurant

Enjoy local New Zealand lamb or seafood matched with a wine from our extensive wine list. Prepared and served by our experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Auckland Airport dining

Papillon Café – Butterfly Creek

Open daytime hours seven days a week. Papillon Café enjoys a lovely setting overlooking the wetland and with excellent indoor/outdoor flow onto the courtyard and playground areas. A great place to meet friends and family.

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Post Office Public House

Enjoy a down-to-earth community bar where locals feel at home and friendly neighbourhood workers can pop in for a quick bite and refreshments anytime it suits.


Auckland Airport dining

Villa Maria Vineyard Café

Open seven days for lunch, the Villa Maria café offers incredible food and fantastic New Zealand wines to match. Enjoy a meal in their serene terrace, overlooking the vines. A kids menu is also available.

Auckland Airport dining

Te Maroro Restaurant

A short drive from the hotel, this is a great option for a range of seasonal dishes that reflect a fusion of local and international cuisine. Te Maroro is the Maori word for “flying fish”.

Szimpla Gastro Pub

Enjoy classic Kiwi cuisine like pub-style fish and chips at Szimpla with a range of New Zealand beer to match. Open seven days – 1pm to late. Take a seat in their retro lounge space or the exciting tropical conservatory setting.

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Where to Stay in Auckland

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport is in a tranquil garden setting. Enjoy a walk through our gardens or even a swim in the pool on a warmer day before returning to your room and relaxing on your private balcony or courtyard. All rooms are well equipped with modern furnishings.

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Ten Top Tips for Travelling with Kids

Your Long Awaited Family Holiday Has Finally Arrived.

With the whole brood looking forward to a fun and relaxing time away, a little bit of planning goes a long way to ensuring the holiday runs smoothly for everyone – including parents!

Whether you are heading off for a city break in Sydney or a beach holiday in Samoa, our top tips will help to make your vacation everything you dreamed of.

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Auckland Weekend Package

Weekend Getaway

Whether you’re visiting for an Auckland spring or wanting a staycation, our Weekend Package is designed to help you Experience The True Highlights Of Auckland.

From the comfort of Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, you could explore the trails or tracks in Huia or the Waitakere Ranges, go mountain biking at Auckland’s Runway MTB Park or spend the day with the family at Rainbows End theme park, we have you covered.

Auckland Weekend Package Includes

  • Accommodation for two adults and up to two children (12 and under)
  • Includes breakfast for two adults (Children under 12 eat free)
  • Free Parking during your stay
  • Free Wi-Fi**

From $139

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Where to next?

New Zealand is a visually stunning country and has so much to offer. Check out this incredible video by Devin Graham and TeamSupertramp for a little inspiration on what to do in New Zealand.

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