• Kirks Bush Scenic Reserve
    This area of dense native bush has some lovely picnic spots and walking trails.
  • Karaka
    The neighbouring rural area of Karaka is famous for its thoroughbred industry, and the Annual Yearling Sales draw buyers from afar.
  • Scenic Flights
    There are scenic flights available at nearby Ardmore Airport.
  • Hunua Ranges
    To the east of Papakura, these rugged bush-clad ranges are a popular recreational area with waterfalls, native bush, walking trails and barbecue areas. There is also abseiling at the weekends.