Botany Downs shopping mall in the Botany Town Centre is one of New Zealand’s largest shopping malls. Many locals and visitors from beyond the area come to shop in the international award winning center. Stroll along the cobbled lanes with its charming piazzas; while stopping at one of the more than 160 retail stores and eateries. Head towards the Conservatory and gaze at the giant Kauri sculptures suspended from the ceiling. Then travel along the copper stream etched with native flora and fauna.
Cockle Bay holds historical sites, nature walks and the Mangemangeroa estuary with its popular walkway leading to the harbour, and bush and birdlife. Being a coastal location makes the area fun and relaxed. “Windross House” an historical homestead is located on the beach front. “Windross House” provides elegant dining and a romantic setting for couples to celebrate their wedding nuptials. Howick is an exciting sea-side village; the reserves of Howick Beach, Eastern Beach, Mellons Bay, Cockle Bay, Bucklands Beach along with Half Moon Bay Marina let visitors and locals take in the scenic views, with its marine and beach amenities readily available.
Half Moon Bay offers a regular ferry service to Auckland’s CBD and Waiheke Island. Howick is exciting with its Historical Village – where it is a living museum that harks back to an authentic village site showcasing early life in New Zealand. Whitford holds Groove in the Grapes which is held at Turanga Creek Vineyard. Groove in the Grapes is a laid back affair where visitors can take a picnic, take in the atmosphere and just sit back and enjoy the ambiance on a warm summer’s night. Pakuranga’s Westfield Shopping Centre has more than 80 retail outlets, holding specialty gift stores, clothing and home gifts, with a large accommodating food-court.