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From our magical Sunset and  Pohutukawa Coasts and iconic historic Lighthouse, to the sounds of racing at Hampton Downs - Franklin Country is tucked between Auckland city's southern and eastern fringes, and Hamilton's northern fringes. This is the ultimate  destination where one is able to combine a relaxed country lifestyle with savvy city style.

The Franklin region features olive groves, vineyards and market gardens, while providing a unique opportunity to taste locally grown and produced foods and wines, many of which are featured on menus around the district, but is not defined by boundaries.

The main town of Pukekohe, is once again the home of  V8 motor racing , with the smell of race fuel adding to the regions excitement in November.  

Our diversity is exceptional, ranging from wine tasting, kayaking, fishing, archery, 4WD to enjoying the local markets, cafes and boutique - style shopping, plus our own limestone glow-worm cave and Vintage Railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glenbrook

New Zealand Steel

Phone: 09 375 8111 or 09 235 3535 ext 5169

Waiuku

StressFree Adventures

 
StressFree Adventures - We specialise in outdoor eco adventure activites for all ages.  From canoeing, kayaking and  mountain biking and bushcraft / navigation.

Waiuku
Phone: 0800 Go By Kayak

We specialise in outdoor eco adventure activites for all ages. From canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking and bushcraft / navigation.


Waikato Region

Te Aroha

Phone: 07 884 4498

Awhitu

Lighthouse at Manukau Heads

 
Lighthouse at Manukau Heads - The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.

Manukau Heads Rd, Awhitu

The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.


Pollok

Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op

 
Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op  - The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula.  These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.

2141 Awhitu Road, Pollok
Phone: 09 2352225

The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula. These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.


Kingseat

Spookers Haunted Attractions

 
Spookers Haunted Attractions - Spookers is a live entertainment experience in which the victims(you!) move through theatrically themed Haunted Houses, and outdoor environments populated by sets, props and live scare-actors.  As you walk through the experiences you will encounter visual, tactile, and sound effects intended to scare the yell out of you.

833 Kingseat Road, Karaka
Phone: 09 291 9002

Spookers is a live entertainment experience in which the victims(you!) move through theatrically themed Haunted Houses, and outdoor environments populated by sets, props and live scare-actors. As you walk through the experiences you will encounter visual, tactile, and sound effects intended to scare the yell out of you.


Hobbiton - movie set and farm tours

Phone: 07 888 9913 1167 Fenton Street Rotorua 07 348 0711

Beachlands

Energy Experience

Phone: 0800 338326

Karaka

Pukekohe Golf Club

 
Pukekohe Golf Club - Cafe:   Lounge Bar:   Pro Shop  Play at one of Auckland's top golf clubs and one of New Zealand's best championship courses.  New members are welcome for our Junior Academy, 9 hole members, mid week and full playing memberships are available.

654 Karaka Rd, Karaka, Auckland 2578
Phone: 09 294 8822

Cafe: Lounge Bar: Pro Shop Play at one of Auckland's top golf clubs and one of New Zealand's best championship courses. New members are welcome for our Junior Academy, 9 hole members, mid week and full playing memberships are available.


Beachlands

Beachlands-Maraetai Walkway

The Beachlands-Maraetai walkway is a stunning 6km coastal trail and cycle path that winds along our south-eastern coast


Pukekohe East
Awaawaroa Alpacas

Pukekohe

Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club & Tenpin Bowling

Phone: 09 238 8404

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Drury

Red Shed Palazzo

 
Red Shed Palazzo - Tucked off the motorway down Jesmond Rd and nestled amongst the beautiful and tranquil surrounds of the accompanying garden. Cafe Palazzo is a stylish eatery, yet relaxed, and family (and dog!) friendly.<br /> The menu boasts items from creative breakfasts to well-balanced lunches with everything from gourmet omelettes to fettuccine with smoked salmon and sundried tomatoes

64 Jesmond Road, Drury
Phone: 09 294 6687

Tucked off the motorway down Jesmond Rd and nestled amongst the beautiful and tranquil surrounds of the accompanying garden. Cafe Palazzo is a stylish eatery, yet relaxed, and family (and dog!) friendly.
The menu boasts items from creative breakfasts to well-balanced lunches with everything from gourmet omelettes to fettuccine with smoked salmon and sundried tomatoes


Karaka

St. Margarets Cafe

Phone: 09 2927536

Pukekohe

Café Berne

Phone: 09 238 5522

Pukekohe

Coffee Time Cafe

Phone: 09 238 7787

Waiuku

The Wild Olive

Phone: 09 235 0360

Bombay

Autobahn Cafe' Bombay

Phone: 09 236 0060

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