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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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Awhitu

Awhitu Golf Club

Phone: 09 2351031

Waiuku

Warped Art & Design Weaving Workshop & Gallery

 
Warped Art & Design Weaving Workshop & Gallery - Hand-woven portraits and design.

356 Otaua-Waiuku Road

Hand-woven portraits and design.


TeKohanga

Close Encounters Farm Experience

Phone: 09 232 8942

Waiuku

Leafy Hollow Garden Gallery

 
Leafy Hollow Garden Gallery - Lavender and Rosemary Specialists. One of the largest collections of Lavender in the country.  Over 250 different cultivars.  Open Garden with meandering pathways, water features and garden art.  A haven of peace and tranquility.  Ideal venue for wedding photos.

66 Duff Road, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 2990

Lavender and Rosemary Specialists. One of the largest collections of Lavender in the country. Over 250 different cultivars. Open Garden with meandering pathways, water features and garden art. A haven of peace and tranquility. Ideal venue for wedding photos.


Waiuku

Waiuku Golf and Squash Club

Phone: 09 235 9489

Patumahoe

Wrights Watergardens

 
Wrights Watergardens - A garden with a difference!  Six acres of stunning watergardens & natural waterfall transform an abandoned quarry into a relaxing oasis.  The gardens consist of more than 30 waterlilly and lotus ponds which are surrounded by areas for picnics.

128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe
Phone: 09 236 3211

A garden with a difference!  Six acres of stunning watergardens & natural waterfall transform an abandoned quarry into a relaxing oasis.  The gardens consist of more than 30 waterlilly and lotus ponds which are surrounded by areas for picnics.


Glenbrook

Waitangi Falls

 
Waitangi Falls - Phornium tenax or native flax was growing wild abundantly all over this country.  It wasn't long before the early settlers realised it's commercial possibilities and began a flax milling industry providing fibre first of all for rope makers in Britai

Waitangi Falls, Waitangi Falls Rd, off Glenbrook Road

Phornium tenax or native flax was growing wild abundantly all over this country.  It wasn't long before the early settlers realised it's commercial possibilities and began a flax milling industry providing fibre first of all for rope makers in Britai



Waikato Region
Hampton Downs Raceway

Waikato Region

Rangiriri Heritage Museum & Cafe

 
Rangiriri Heritage Museum & Cafe - We have displays and an audio visual telling the story of the Early New Zealand Land War History of Rangiriri.<br />To view our museum trails, visit http://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/media/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/HWT9156-Museum-Trail-Brochure-v15.pdf

12 Rangiriri Road, Rangiriri
Phone: 07 826 3663

We have displays and an audio visual telling the story of the Early New Zealand Land War History of Rangiriri.
To view our museum trails, visit http://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/media/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/HWT9156-Museum-Trail-Brochure-v15.pdf



Matakawau Scenic Reserve

Matakawau Rd (beach end of Matakawau Road)

The Matakawau Scenic Reserve is now complete with a footbridge over Opoia Creek and a boardwalk across the church land to link up with Hatton Road Reserve.


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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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