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your ultimate and  unique destination -

Franklin is the ultimate  destination combining relaxed country lifestyles with savvy city style,  just a short drive, south of Auckl​and or north of Hamilton.

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.

 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 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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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


Pollok

Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op

 
Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op  - The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula.  These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.

2141 Awhitu Road, Pollok
Phone: 09 2352225

The Pollok Arts and Crafts Co-op presents arts and crafts mainly from the Awhitu Peninsula. These range from fine art, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, fabric art, right through to cards and organic foodstuffs.


Pokeno

Mount William Walkway

Bombay - Pokeno

Take a walk through some of our local farmland on the Mt William walkway. From the summit (369 metres) views extend from the West Coast to the Firth of Thames


Pukekohe
Young @ Art

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!


Waiuku

Waiuku Christmas Display

 
Waiuku Christmas Display - Waiuku is the place to go to enjoy an enchanting Christmas Wonderland, from 28th November to 24th December

80 Queen Street, Waiuku

Waiuku is the place to go to enjoy an enchanting Christmas Wonderland, from 28th November to 24th December


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.


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

Waikato Region

Brooklands Country Estate

Phone: 07 825 4756

Pukekohe

New Zealand Steel Gallery

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

The New Zealand Steel Gallery is an Auckland Council curated space that presents the best of contemporary New Zealand art to the Franklin region.
Thanks to the generous support of New Zealand Steel, these galleries in Franklin: The Centre, Pukekohe, provide a flexible exhibition space with international-standard facilities


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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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