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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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Pukekohe

Franklin Arts Centre

 
Franklin Arts Centre - Franklin Arts Centre provides a space for the local community to experience visual arts on a year round basis through two gallery spaces. <br />The New Zealand Steel Gallery provides a professionally curated space which features the work of nationally and internationally known artists in exhibitions for durations of six weeks. <br />The Community Gallery's function is to offer a professional art space specifically for local artists - both emerging and experienced - and provides a platform for the sale of their work and the opportunity to develop an understanding of professional art practice.<br />The workshop functions as a rentable space promoting creative activity through direct engagement.<br />

12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 238 8899

Franklin Arts Centre provides a space for the local community to experience visual arts on a year round basis through two gallery spaces.
The New Zealand Steel Gallery provides a professionally curated space which features the work of nationally and internationally known artists in exhibitions for durations of six weeks.
The Community Gallery's function is to offer a professional art space specifically for local artists - both emerging and experienced - and provides a platform for the sale of their work and the opportunity to develop an understanding of professional art practice.
The workshop functions as a rentable space promoting creative activity through direct engagement.


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


Bombay

MartinA Alpacas

 
MartinA Alpacas - High on a hill, 4 kms from the motorway at 354 Paparata Road Bombay in the Franklin district is where we have made our home and where we have our alpacas and shop.<br /><br /><br />

354 Paparata Road, Bombay
Phone: 09-236 0171

High on a hill, 4 kms from the motorway at 354 Paparata Road Bombay in the Franklin district is where we have made our home and where we have our alpacas and shop.



Onewhero

Harker Reserve

 
Harker Reserve - Harker Reserve is a QEll protected Native bush. The shaded walking path leads from Punt Hill to Vivian falls. Horses & Dogs on leads are accepted on the track<br />The Reserve is home to the Vivian Falls, a 12m “horsetail” waterfall, where you can relax and take in the peace of the native bush scenery.

Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Road, Onewhero

Harker Reserve is a QEll protected Native bush. The shaded walking path leads from Punt Hill to Vivian falls. Horses & Dogs on leads are accepted on the track
The Reserve is home to the Vivian Falls, a 12m “horsetail” waterfall, where you can relax and take in the peace of the native bush scenery.


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.


Tuakau

Library Tuakau (Bookinopolis)

72 George Street, Tuakau
Phone: 09 236 9680


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



Beachlands

Energy Experience

Phone: 0800 338326

Waikato Region

Rangiriri Heritage Theatre

 
Rangiriri Heritage Theatre - 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


Waikato Region

Brooklands Country Estate

Phone: 07 825 4756


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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

Bombay

Autobahn Cafe' Bombay

Phone: 09 236 0060

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