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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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Maramarua

Maramarua Golf Club

Phone: 09 232 5702

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.



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.




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.


Pokeno

The Queen's Redoubt

Pokeno Road, Pokeno

Queen's Redoubt, Pokeno, is an historic place of great importance with the New Zealand Wars marking a huge change in the history of this country. The key campaign was the struggle for the Waikato and the Queen's Redoubt was the launching pad for the July 1863 British invasion, which began the Waikato War.


Patumahoe

Patumahoe Walkway

Clive Howe Road to Hunter Road, Patumahoe

Patumahoe Community have created a new walkway which starts at Clive Howe Drive, just along from the school, and offers several tracks which weave through bush and farmland above the Whangamaire Stream.


Pukekohe

Pukekohe Cinema 3

 
Pukekohe Cinema 3 - Now in Pukekohe, after many years without, our own movie cinema.  Cinema3 is open!  <br /><br />

85 Edinburgh Street
Phone: +64 9 237 0216

Now in Pukekohe, after many years without, our own movie cinema. Cinema3 is open!


Pukekohe East
Awaawaroa Alpacas

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Hampton Downs Raceway

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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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