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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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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


Pukekohe

Facepainter

Pukekohe
Phone: 0210748020

Facepainter available for children`s parties and Christmas parties.



Bombay
Magda Lodge


Pukekohe

Library Pukekohe (Bookinopolis)

 
Library Pukekohe (Bookinopolis) - Books | Magazines | CDs | DVDs | Audio Books | Internet | Faxing | Photocopying | Book repairs | Franklin history | Children's programmes | Housebound services

Franklin: The Centre, Massey Avnue, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 237 0040

Books | Magazines | CDs | DVDs | Audio Books | Internet | Faxing | Photocopying | Book repairs | Franklin history | Children's programmes | Housebound services


Waiuku Tourism & Exhibition Display Centre

2 Queen Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 6201


Pukekohe

Artefact Gallery Shop

 
Artefact Gallery Shop - Artefact Gallery Shop is Franklin's primary source for work by local artists, craftsmen, and producers of fine tourist products. We also stock exciting work by New Zealand artists including the Bone Art Collective.

Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 238 8899

Artefact Gallery Shop is Franklin's primary source for work by local artists, craftsmen, and producers of fine tourist products. We also stock exciting work by New Zealand artists including the Bone Art Collective.


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


Waiuku

Waiuku Golf & Squash Club Inc

1 Racecourse Road, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 9489

Waiuku Golf Club, a picturesque all weather 18-hole mature golf course nestled on the shores of Auckland's Manukau Harbour. The course is located right in the heart of the historic township of Waiuku, just 45 minutes southwest from downtown Auckland


Waikaretu

Nikau Cave & Cafe

 
Nikau Cave & Cafe - Nikau Cave is less than 90 minutes drive southwest of Auckland, New Zealand, and has thousands of glowworms and amazing formations, but no crowds.

Waikaretu
Phone: 09 233 3199

Nikau Cave is less than 90 minutes drive southwest of Auckland, New Zealand, and has thousands of glowworms and amazing formations, but no crowds.


Awhitu

Lighthouse at Manukau Heads

 
Lighthouse at Manukau Heads - The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.

Manukau Heads Rd, Awhitu

The Lighthouse was first built in 1874 and has been meticulously refurbished and rebuilt using pieces from the original building. It has been relocated to a new site beside the Manukau Heads Signal Station platform which has been on this site since 1865. Amazing views of the Manukau Heads and Bar can be seen from this view point.


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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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