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Franklin District; your ultimate and  unique destination -

If a district is measured by its range of experiences, then Franklin is the ultimate  lifestyle destination combining relaxed country lifestyles with savvy city style, all just a short drive, south of Auckl​and or north of Hamilton.

The Franklin area, identified by its lush boundaries, 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, is not defined by boundaries.  Our main town - Pukekohe, is once again the home of  V8 motor racing , with the smell of race fuel adding to the regions excitement in April.  This year we have TWO campgrounds on offer so look for the information on our Features page!

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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Pukekohe
Alberts Kitchen


Glenbrook

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

 
Glenbrook Vintage Railway - A rail enthusiasts' heaven! Hop aboard lovingly restored and maintained steam engine train for a journey into yesteryear. Situated in the picturesque Franklin countryside on Glenbrook Station Road, (about 9km from Waiuku), the railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queen's Birthday, on Sundays and most public holidays.

Glenbrook Station Road, Glenbrook
Phone: 09 236 3546

A rail enthusiasts' heaven! Hop aboard lovingly restored and maintained steam engine train for a journey into yesteryear. Situated in the picturesque Franklin countryside on Glenbrook Station Road, (about 9km from Waiuku), the railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queen's Birthday, on Sundays and most public holidays.


Awhitu

Coast Walk

Lighthouse Road, Awhitu

240m steep descent from the Signal Station, then along the coast to Hamiltons Gap (end of West Coast Road) takes 4 to 5 hours.  Check tides.



Awhitu Regional Park (ARC)

 
Awhitu Regional Park (ARC) - 20 minute to 3 hour beach/farm walks.  Historic Brook Homestead.  Campsites available. 

Brook Road, Kauritutahi, Awhitu, Franklin District
Phone: 09 303 1530

20 minute to 3 hour beach/farm walks.  Historic Brook Homestead.  Campsites available. 



Karioitahi

Castaways Resort

 
Castaways Resort - For a relaxing escape, or thrilling adventure. Castaways is situated on New Zealand's dramatic West Coast, just 50 minutes from Central Auckland. Located high on the cliffs overlooking the Tasman sea, both the venue and accommodation offer stunning, panoramic views.

685 Karioitahi Rd, Karioitahi Beach,Waiuku 
Phone: 09 236 5041 extn 226

For a relaxing escape, or thrilling adventure. Castaways is situated on New Zealand's dramatic West Coast, just 50 minutes from Central Auckland. Located high on the cliffs overlooking the Tasman sea, both the venue and accommodation offer stunning, panoramic views.



Waipipi

Waipipi Bird Park

Phone: 09 235 9960


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Drury

Cafe Palazzo & Shed 16

 
Cafe Palazzo & Shed 16 - 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

Pukekohe

Mocca Cafe

Phone: 09 238 1645

Bombay

Autobahn Cafe' Bombay

Phone: 09 236 0060

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