Botany Downs


Botany Downs is a growing, culturally and economically diverse community that is very much the face of today’s Auckland.

Think Botany and one word comes to mind: “shopping”.

One of Auckland’s newest suburbs, Botany is very much defined by its shopping centre – one of the biggest in New Zealand.

Botany Town Centre has about 200 shops spread across three complexes and includes restaurants, services, cinemas and an ultra-modern public library. It is situated at the corner of Ti Rakau Drive and Chapel Road and was opened in 2001.

The Centre has been much lauded for its design and the shopping experience it offers. Unlike conventional all-under-one-roof shopping malls, Botany is a genuine town centre with various shopping precincts both indoor and outdoor. There’s heaps of parking and road access through the middle of the centre (although pedestrians have priority!).  It is also a major public transport hub.

In a 2008 rating of New Zealand shopping centres by a retail expert group, Botany Town Centre received three-and-a-half stars, just under the maximum rating of four stars, based on the criteria of amount of shopping area, economic performance, amenity and appeal as well as future growth prospects.

The centre has a strong community focus with Night Markets, activities for pre-schoolers and various workshops and one-off events.

And it is not resting on its laurels – a major re-development will see the extension of the Fashion Pavilions with the addition of new international and national retailers, an update of Garden Lane, a refresh of the fresh food precinct, and the addition of a new and improved entertainment precinct.

After the hustle and bustle of a day’s shopping enjoy a quiet stroll in Logan Carr Reserve immediately across the road from the centre. Follow the pathways through to the Kellaway Reserve. Next to the reserve is Botany Downs Secondary College with its ground-breaking design that incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable features to reduce the college’s energy use.

On the other side of the town centre is The Hub – a collection of specialty stores and fast food restaurants.

The surrounding residential area is a great place to admire all the latest in modern Kiwi urban architecture ranging from palatial two storey homes to small apartments and home units – all built within the past 30 years.


Botany Downs was developed from the late 1990s by the Manukau City Council and private enterprise. At the intersection of two arterial roads – linking Manukau City and central Auckland – it has a mix of medium- and low-density housing, including gated communities.

Rapid suburban development continues in Dannemora and East Tamaki Heights. The district has attracted people from elsewhere in Auckland, as well as new migrants from Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. A new town at Flat Bush will house an anticipated population of 40,000 by 2025.

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Official visitor information site for the East of Auckland area, promoting our fantastic destination to local visitors and tourists.

The region offers a multitude of activities, everything from night entertainment to relaxation in the sun, fun for the family and stylish dining. 

Our association supports local businesses that offer products and services in hospitality and activity related industries.

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