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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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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


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.


Glenbrook
Brookside Alpacas

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.


Waitawa Regional Park

 
Waitawa Regional Park - Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays.<br />Visitors can take the short walk to the Pawhetau headland for spectacular vistas towards Pakihi and Ponui Islands. Waitawa also has a purpose built sea kayak campground for those paddling Te Ara Moana, the sea-going pathway.

Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Kawakawa

Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays.
Visitors can take the short walk to the Pawhetau headland for spectacular vistas towards Pakihi and Ponui Islands. Waitawa also has a purpose built sea kayak campground for those paddling Te Ara Moana, the sea-going pathway.


Pukekohe
Sim Sity Ltd

Glen Murray
Lakewood Lodge

Waiuku

Library Waiuku (Bookinopolis)

King Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 5699



Auckland Region

Rainbow's End

Phone: 09 262 2030

Waiuku

Heritage Trail

Contact: Waiuku Visitor Centre, King Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 8924

Today visitors can follow a Heritage trail through the town and relive the past at the pioneer museum open weekends and public holidays. Nearby the Glenbrook Vintage Railway delights children of all ages on a 12km journey through the countryside.


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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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