The Plaza - as it’s affectionately called by locals - is a vibrant neighbourhood shopping centre in a prime East Auckland location, 16 kilometres from Auckland’s CBD. Built upon a site originally called ‘Cabbage Tree Swamp’, Pakuranga Plaza is one of New Zealand’s first shopping centres. The property has 28,000 square metres of retail in a mix of internal and strip retail tenancies along with 1,400 carparks and currently sees approximately five million people through its doors annually. Known locally for its easy, stress-free, everyday shopping, Pakuranga Plaza is centrally located at the gateway to East Auckland, on the corner of two regional arterial roads and near the Tamaki Estuary coastline.
The word Pakuranga is Maori for ‘battle of the sun’s rays’ and comes from a legend about the battle between mythical nocturnal creatures which raged fiercely until a Maori priest called the sun to rise earlier than expected. Caught by surprise in the rays of the sun, the monsters perished.
In addition to being anchored by three well known tenants – Countdown, Farmers and The Warehouse, the centre also offers a specialty retail mix and popular food court, as well as a local business hub with four banks, a NZ Post in the area and the Plaza Tower office. It also houses community amenities such as Pakuranga Library, Howick Local Board and Plunket.
Lloyd Elsmore Park
The most significant sports and recreation park in Auckland. Lloyd Elsmore is home to Pakuranga’s rugby, tennis, badminton, soccer, netball & hockey clubs. It also has a community pool and recreation centre, skate ramps and the Howick Historical Village.
Pakuranga United Rugby Club
Auckland’s biggest and fastest growing rugby club.
Pakuranga Golf Club
One of the top five courses in the Auckland area.
Half Moon Bay
The location of a long established ferry terminal for vehicle and passenger traffic to Waiheke Island and a regular passenger ferry service to Auckland’s central business district. A large marina is also situated here, serving as home to over 500 boats.
New bus/rail interchange.
With over 150,000 visitors every year, Te Tuhi is a nationally significant contemporary art gallery presenting exhibitions and projects by New Zealand and international artists.
St Kentigern College, Edgewater College and Pakuranga College.
Pakuranga Night Market
Over 6000 visitors every Saturday night.
(Auckland Manukau Transport Initiative)
Pakuranga Plaza is central to Phase II of the AMETI project in Auckland, including a new busway from Panmure Station and a new bus station at Pakuranga Town Centre. The project also includes new sets of traffic lights and new local road connections to improve access and connectivity through Pakuranga Town Centre, with improved amenities along all town centre streets.