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Pakuranga is a residential suburb that offers a shopping centre, some great outdoor spaces, top class sports and recreation facilities, history and the iconic Te Tuhi art gallery.  To reach the suburb one needs to cross the Tamaki River.   The East Auckland region begins here.

Introducing Pakuranga

Pakuranga is a modern Auckland suburb between the Pakuranga Creek and Tamaki River. As such it links the older inner eastern suburbs with the historic Fencible settlement of Howick, via the Panmure Bridge or the newer Waipuna Bridge.

But Pakuranga has a lot more to offer than simply being a lunch stop on the way to Howick, the eastern beaches and the rural fringes.

The suburb was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and as a result it now boasts some fine examples of the American-style architecture of that period. It is also home to New Zealand’s second oldest shopping mall, now known as Pakuranga Plaza. Built in 1965 the mall has undergone several transformations since then and is now a busy, modern shopping precinct with over 70 shops and stores. It is still very much a community hub. (Take note of the unusual “book” design of the Pakuranga Library, on the edge of the shopping mall).  Construction has recently begun to accommodate a dedicated bus route to improve the trafficflow at this important intersection.  Te Tuhi, one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art galleries, is located opposite the Library.

Pakuranga has some popular walkways.  It is also home to Lloyd Elsmore Park which hosts a variety of sports clubs as well as an excellent public indoor swimming pool and leisure centre with spa, steam room, sauna, gym and group fitness classes, plus the new addition of an outdoor kids splash area.  The park is often the venue for a number of large outdoor events and home to the Howick Historical Village.

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