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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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Grahams Beach

Brenda Vester - Wire Figure Sculpture Artist

403 Grahams Beach Road, Grahams Beach, Awhitu Peninsula
Phone: 09 235 1313

Brenda is a sculptor who creates forms from wire.
Displayed on her lawn are over-sized human ghostly figures of the late Princess Diana, Novac Djocovich, Elderly gentleman and lady from the early 1900s plus many more.
Watch her create her figures live.
Can be viewed at 403 Grahams beach Rd 10 minutes’ walk from Grahams beach.
Previously in 2015/2016 her work was displayed at the Manukau Heads lighthouse.2017 Auckland fringe Aotea square.
View by appointment
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.
Cost Adult $5.00
Child $ 2.00




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


Pukekohe

Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club & Tenpin Bowling

Phone: 09 238 8404

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


Beachlands

Energy Experience

Phone: 0800 338326


Glenbrook
Brookside Alpacas


Kaiaua

Rangipo Museum

 
Rangipo Museum - Situated 1 mile south of Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames.  A Century old handsawn Kauri woolshed museum, displaying original hand tools, artifacts and equpment from Rangipo Station.<br />The Museum has a stunning example of one of New Zealand's largest pre-european Pa Sites.  An easy drive to the top car park, with 3 minute walk to the top rewards you with a specatcular 360degree view.  Bookings essential.  $8.00 per person.  Kids free.<br />Contact Rob ahead of time to arrange a time to visit.  email robmccartie@hotmail.com or phone 021 358 520

1 mile South of Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames

Situated 1 mile south of Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames. A Century old handsawn Kauri woolshed museum, displaying original hand tools, artifacts and equpment from Rangipo Station.
The Museum has a stunning example of one of New Zealand's largest pre-european Pa Sites. An easy drive to the top car park, with 3 minute walk to the top rewards you with a specatcular 360degree view. Bookings essential. $8.00 per person. Kids free.
Contact Rob ahead of time to arrange a time to visit. email robmccartie@hotmail.com or phone 021 358 520


Pollok

Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op

 
Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op  - The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula.  These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.

2141 Awhitu Road, Pollok
Phone: 09 2352225

The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula. These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.


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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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