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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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Arahura Vineyard

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.


Pokeno

The Queen's Redoubt

Pokeno Road, Pokeno

Queen's Redoubt, Pokeno, is an historic place of great importance with the New Zealand Wars marking a huge change in the history of this country. The key campaign was the struggle for the Waikato and the Queen's Redoubt was the launching pad for the July 1863 British invasion, which began the Waikato War.


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.


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. 


Waikato Region

Brooklands Country Estate

Phone: 07 825 4756

Pukekohe
Pure Indulgence

Waiuku

Waiuku Museum

 
Waiuku Museum - A pioneer museum providing permanent displays and changing exhibitions of local history. Contact the museum on 09 235 8698. Hartmann House situated next to the museum has an excellent range of handicrafts for sale.

13 King St, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 8698

A pioneer museum providing permanent displays and changing exhibitions of local history. Contact the museum on 09 235 8698. Hartmann House situated next to the museum has an excellent range of handicrafts for sale.


Hunua

Hunua Parkland Information

Phone: 09 303 1530

Displays explaining the physical features of Franklin District.
Hunua Ranges (17,462 hectares) and Waharau (238 hectares)
Walking, camping and picnicing opportunities, beautiful Hunua Falls. Mountain bike tracks, walking tracks. 


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.


Waikato Region

Rangiriri Heritage Centre & Cafe

 
Rangiriri Heritage Centre & 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 3667

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



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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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