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where Auckland meets the Waikato with city savvy and country charm
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Wishing a very Merry, safe and Happy Christmas to all

 

 

 

Come and visit us here in Franklin Country and see what 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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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

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.


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.


Glenbrook Beach

Gardenza

 
Gardenza - Welcome to Gardenza Gardens and Nursery.<br />A tranquil subtropical garden with 3 lakes.  Transformed from bare cattle land over 25 years, the nursery specialises in exotic flowering bulbous plants.  Stroll around the garden and purchase exotic delights from the nursery.

Phone: 09 2353834

Welcome to Gardenza Gardens and Nursery.
A tranquil subtropical garden with 3 lakes. Transformed from bare cattle land over 25 years, the nursery specialises in exotic flowering bulbous plants. Stroll around the garden and purchase exotic delights from the nursery.


Bombay

Footbridge Lodge

Phone: 09 236 0510

Pukekawa

Onewhero Golf Club Inc

Phone: 09 233 4828

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.


Beachlands

Beachlands-Maraetai Walkway

The Beachlands-Maraetai walkway is a stunning 6km coastal trail and cycle path that winds along our south-eastern coast


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



Hunua

Hunua Parkland Information

Phone: 09 303 1530

Displays explaining the physical features of Franklin District.
Hunua Ranges (17,462 hectares) and Waharau (238 hectares)
Walking, camping and picnicing opportunities, beautiful Hunua Falls. Mountain bike tracks, walking tracks. 


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.


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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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