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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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Glenbrook

Waitangi Falls

 
Waitangi Falls - Phornium tenax or native flax was growing wild abundantly all over this country.  It wasn't long before the early settlers realised it's commercial possibilities and began a flax milling industry providing fibre first of all for rope makers in Britai

Waitangi Falls, Waitangi Falls Rd, off Glenbrook Road

Phornium tenax or native flax was growing wild abundantly all over this country.  It wasn't long before the early settlers realised it's commercial possibilities and began a flax milling industry providing fibre first of all for rope makers in Britai



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


Matakawau Scenic Reserve

Matakawau Rd (beach end of Matakawau Road)

The Matakawau Scenic Reserve is now complete with a footbridge over Opoia Creek and a boardwalk across the church land to link up with Hatton Road Reserve.


Pukekohe
Young @ Art

Tapapakanga

ARC Tapapakanga Regional Park

 
ARC Tapapakanga Regional Park - A coastal farm park located on the Firth of Thames, south of Orere Point. Sandy accessible pohutakawa-edged beach, rich in Maori and European history, camping available. A coastal walkway to hilltop affords spectacular views over the Firth of Thames

Orere Matingarahi Road, Tapapakanga

A coastal farm park located on the Firth of Thames, south of Orere Point. Sandy accessible pohutakawa-edged beach, rich in Maori and European history, camping available. A coastal walkway to hilltop affords spectacular views over the Firth of Thames


Pokeno

Hitchen Road Vineyard

Phone: 09 233 6722



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. 



Waiuku

Tamakae Reserve, Waiuku

 
Tamakae Reserve, Waiuku - The George Doherty Green is located on the Tamakae Reserve in Waiuku.  On the reserve is assembled a cluster of heritage buildings including Hartmann House, which houses the local arts and crafts co-op selling top quality and varied crafts and gifts.

Town Wharf area, Bottom of Queen St, Waiuku

The George Doherty Green is located on the Tamakae Reserve in Waiuku.  On the reserve is assembled a cluster of heritage buildings including Hartmann House, which houses the local arts and crafts co-op selling top quality and varied crafts and gifts.


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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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