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bringing Auckland South and Waikato North together, with city savvy and country charm
........there is more to Franklin than you know...........

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 Come and visit us here in Franklin Country and see the wonderful array of surprises that our towns and villages have to offer -  Clevedon; Waiuku; Awhitu; Tuakau; Patumahoe;  Port Waikato; Pukekohe and more!

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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Paerata

Paerata Scenic Reserve

 
Paerata Scenic Reserve - The Paerata Scenic Reserve is a small scale bush walk with an easy walking track and steps that meander down to a stream

SH 22, Paerata

The Paerata Scenic Reserve is a small scale bush walk with an easy walking track and steps that meander down to a stream



Bombay
Magda Lodge

Pukekohe

Library Pukekohe

 
Library Pukekohe - Books | Magazines | CDs | DVDs | Audio Books | Internet | Faxing | Photocopying | Franklin history | Children's programmes | Housebound services

Franklin: The Centre, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 237 0040

Books | Magazines | CDs | DVDs | Audio Books | Internet | Faxing | Photocopying | Franklin history | Children's programmes | Housebound services


Waiuku Information Centre

2 Queen Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 6201


Pukekohe

Artefact Gallery Shop

 
Artefact Gallery Shop - Artefact Gallery Shop is Franklin's primary source for work by local artists, craftsmen, and producers of fine tourist products. We also stock exciting work by New Zealand artists including the Bone Art Collective.

Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 238 8899

Artefact Gallery Shop is Franklin's primary source for work by local artists, craftsmen, and producers of fine tourist products. We also stock exciting work by New Zealand artists including the Bone Art Collective.



Waiuku

Waiuku Forest

 
Waiuku Forest - 13km south of Waiuku, at the mouth of the Waikato River is the Waiuku Forest.  Owned by Crown Forestry and managed by New Zealand Forest Managers, the forest covers 1508 ha and is planted in Pinus Radiata.<br /><br />Also at the forest is the New Zealand Steel

Ghezzie Rd, Waiuku Forest

13km south of Waiuku, at the mouth of the Waikato River is the Waiuku Forest.  Owned by Crown Forestry and managed by New Zealand Forest Managers, the forest covers 1508 ha and is planted in Pinus Radiata.

Also at the forest is the New Zealand Steel


Waiuku

Waiuku Golf & Squash Club Inc

1 Racecourse Road, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 9489

Waiuku Golf Club, a picturesque all weather 18-hole mature golf course nestled on the shores of Auckland's Manukau Harbour. The course is located right in the heart of the historic township of Waiuku, just 45 minutes southwest from downtown Auckland


Waikaretu

Nikau Cave & Cafe

 
Nikau Cave & Cafe - Nikau Cave is less than 90 minutes drive southwest of Auckland, New Zealand, and has thousands of glowworms and amazing formations, but no crowds.

Waikaretu
Phone: 09 233 3199

Nikau Cave is less than 90 minutes drive southwest of Auckland, New Zealand, and has thousands of glowworms and amazing formations, but no crowds.


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.


Pukekohe

Pioneer Memorial Cottage

Roulston Park, Cnr East & Stadium Drive, Pukekohe

Built in 1859 by John Martyn and garrisoned British troops during the Maori War of 1863. Furnished throughout with item of the period. Located in Roulston Park, cnr East St and Stadium Drive, Pukekohe.


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Pukekohe

Counties Function Centre

222-250 Manukau Road, Pukekohe

Counties Function Centre is situated in Pukekohe Park, home to the Counties Racing Club and the internationally renown motor racing track, Pukekohe Park. Conveniently located 45 minutes from the Auckland CBD and 30 minutes from Auckland Airport. Counties Function Centre is your ideal location.


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

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