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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 each year.  

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

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.


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


Clevedon
Arahura Vineyard


Pukekawa

Onewhero Golf Club Inc

Phone: 09 233 4828

Waiuku

StressFree Adventures

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

Waiuku
Phone: 0800 Go By Kayak

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


Waikato Region

Te Aroha

 
Te Aroha - Visit Te Aroha to experience our naturally hot soda spas and warm leisure pools set among the green tree ferns of Mt Te Aroha. Our magnificent mountain is an ever changing backdrop to an historic and vibrant Spa town through which the Waihou River winds its way out to the Firth of Thames.

Te Aroha, Waikato
Phone: 07 884 4498

Visit Te Aroha to experience our naturally hot soda spas and warm leisure pools set among the green tree ferns of Mt Te Aroha. Our magnificent mountain is an ever changing backdrop to an historic and vibrant Spa town through which the Waihou River winds its way out to the Firth of Thames.


Beachlands
Formosa Golf Resort

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. 


Pukekohe
Young @ Art

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.


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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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