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Things to do and experience in Franklin

 
 
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Play, adventure and explore the Franklin region. Our diversity is exceptional, ranging from wine tasting, kayaking, fishing, archery, 4WD to limestone glow-worm cave and Vintage Railway.

 
Adventure and play in Franklin

Adventure

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.





Library & Information

Waiuku Information Centre

2 Queen Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 6201


Pukekohe

Library Pukekohe

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

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

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


Waiuku

Library Waiuku

King Street, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 5699


Tuakau

Library Tuakau (Bookinopolis)

72 George Street, Tuakau
Phone: 09 236 9680


Food and Wine

Family Activities

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.


Glenbrook

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

 
Glenbrook Vintage Railway - Take a nostalgic 15km trip back in time through the beautiful Franklin countryside aboard the lovingly restored steam train on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.<br />Situated in Glenbrook Station Rd, approximately 8km north of Waiuku, the Railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queens Birthday Weekend on Sundays and most public holidays.<br />view us on the news -  http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/railwaymen-remembered-glenbrook-video-6117395<br /> Full details are at www.gvr.co.nz">

Glenbrook Station Road, Glenbrook
Phone: 0508 123 487 (or 09 236 3546 on operating days)

Take a nostalgic 15km trip back in time through the beautiful Franklin countryside aboard the lovingly restored steam train on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.
Situated in Glenbrook Station Rd, approximately 8km north of Waiuku, the Railway operates from Labour Weekend through to Queens Birthday Weekend on Sundays and most public holidays.
view us on the news - http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/railwaymen-remembered-glenbrook-video-6117395
Full details are at www.gvr.co.nz"


Pukekohe

Franklin Sport, Swim and Fitness Centre

Franklin Rd, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 238 5240

Open daily. A  multi-use leisure complex including Fitness Centre, Badminton Hall, Boxing, Martial Arts, Basketball & Tennis  Courts. The indoor Aquatic Centre has a 25m heated pool, learners & toddlers pool.


Waiuku

StressFree Adventures

 
StressFree Adventures - We specialise in outdoor eco adventure activites for all ages.  From canoeing, kayaking and  mountain biking and bushcraft / navigation.

Waiuku
Phone: 0800 Go By Kayak

We specialise in outdoor eco adventure activites for all ages. From canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking and bushcraft / navigation.


Bombay

Alpaca Box


TeKohanga

Close Encounters Farm Experience

Phone: 09 232 8942

Pukekohe

PJ Alpacas

Phone: 09 232 1142

Waikato Region

Te Aroha

Phone: 07 884 4498

Hobbiton - movie set and farm tours

Phone: 07 888 9913 1167 Fenton Street Rotorua 07 348 0711

Auckland Region

Pine Harbour Marina

Phone: 09 536 4720 for ferry timetable or diections

Pukekohe

Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club & Tenpin Bowling

Phone: 09 238 8404

Auckland Region

Rainbow's End

Phone: 09 262 2030

Waikato Region

Waitomo Adventures

Phone: 0800 WAITOMO (0800 924866)


Glenbrook

New Zealand Steel

Phone: 09 375 8111 or 09 235 3535 ext 5169



Glenbrook
Muxlow Alpacas



Pukekohe
Young @ Art

Golf

Clarks Beach

Clarks Beach Golf Club

 
Clarks Beach Golf Club - One of the features of our course are the challenging Par 3's.<br />The water views from every green and the magnificent pohutukawa displays in the summer, make this a wonderfully attractive setting, and only 40 minutes from Auckland CBD. Papakura and Pukekohe are only a short 20 minute drive away.<br />We offer catering and bar services, also

100 Stevenson Road, Clarks Beach
Phone: 09 232 1788

One of the features of our course are the challenging Par 3's.
The water views from every green and the magnificent pohutukawa displays in the summer, make this a wonderfully attractive setting, and only 40 minutes from Auckland CBD. Papakura and Pukekohe are only a short 20 minute drive away.
We offer catering and bar services, also


Karaka

Pukekohe Golf Club

 
Pukekohe Golf Club - Cafe:   Lounge Bar:   Pro Shop  Play at one of Auckland's top golf clubs and one of New Zealand's best championship courses.  New members are welcome for our Junior Academy, 9 hole members, mid week and full playing memberships are available.

654 Karaka Rd, Karaka, Auckland 2578
Phone: 09 294 8822

Cafe: Lounge Bar: Pro Shop Play at one of Auckland's top golf clubs and one of New Zealand's best championship courses. New members are welcome for our Junior Academy, 9 hole members, mid week and full playing memberships are available.


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


Ramarama

Maxwell's Golf Retreat

 
Maxwell's Golf Retreat - A 9 hole golf course with Kaye Maxwell's coaching academy, function and meetings venue and bar facilities open Tuesdays to Sundays, also Mondays of long weekends

205B Ingram Road, Ramarama
Phone: 09 236 0911

A 9 hole golf course with Kaye Maxwell's coaching academy, function and meetings venue and bar facilities open Tuesdays to Sundays, also Mondays of long weekends


Pukekawa

Onewhero Golf Club Inc

Phone: 09 233 4828

Maramarua

Maramarua Golf Club

Phone: 09 232 5702

Waiuku

Waiuku Golf and Squash Club

Phone: 09 235 9489

Waikato Region

Waikere Golf Club

Phone: 07 8263574

Awhitu

Awhitu Golf Club

Phone: 09 2351031

Beachlands
Formosa Golf Resort

Arts and Culture

Pukekohe

Franklin Arts Centre

 
Franklin Arts Centre - Franklin Arts Centre is a two gallery exhibition space and shop owned and operated by Auckland Council. The two galleries; the Community Gallery and the New Zealand Steel Gallery show varied programmes of both local and national artists. 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.

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

Franklin Arts Centre is a two gallery exhibition space and shop owned and operated by Auckland Council. The two galleries; the Community Gallery and the New Zealand Steel Gallery show varied programmes of both local and national artists. 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.


Pukekohe

Franklin Arts Centre

 
Franklin Arts Centre - Franklin Arts Centre provides a space for the local community to experience visual arts on a year round basis through two gallery spaces. <br />The New Zealand Steel Gallery provides a professionally curated space which features the work of nationally and internationally known artists in exhibitions for durations of six weeks. <br />The Community Gallery's function is to offer a professional art space specifically for local artists - both emerging and experienced - and provides a platform for the sale of their work and the opportunity to develop an understanding of professional art practice.<br />The workshop functions as a rentable space promoting creative activity through direct engagement.<br />

12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 238 8899

Franklin Arts Centre provides a space for the local community to experience visual arts on a year round basis through two gallery spaces.
The New Zealand Steel Gallery provides a professionally curated space which features the work of nationally and internationally known artists in exhibitions for durations of six weeks.
The Community Gallery's function is to offer a professional art space specifically for local artists - both emerging and experienced - and provides a platform for the sale of their work and the opportunity to develop an understanding of professional art practice.
The workshop functions as a rentable space promoting creative activity through direct engagement.


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.


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.


Waiuku

Warped Art & Design Weaving Workshop & Gallery

 
Warped Art & Design Weaving Workshop & Gallery - Hand-woven portraits and design.

356 Otaua-Waiuku Road

Hand-woven portraits and design.


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


Museum and Historic Site

Pukekohe

Pioneer Memorial Cottage

Roulston Park, Cnr East & Stadium Drive, Pukekohe

Built in 1859 by John Martyn and garrisoned British troops during the Maori War of 1863. Furnished throughout with item of the period. Located in Roulston Park, cnr East St and Stadium Drive, Pukekohe.


Tuakau & District Museum

 
Tuakau & District Museum - Historical information about Tuakau and surrounding districts.Situated on Liverpool Street and open on Sundays 1pm - 3.30pm or by arrangement, ph 09 236 8403.

Liverpool St, (Old Tuakau Post Office), Tuakau
Phone: 09 236 8403

Historical information about Tuakau and surrounding districts.Situated on Liverpool Street and open on Sundays 1pm - 3.30pm or by arrangement, ph 09 236 8403.


Waiuku

Waiuku Museum

 
Waiuku Museum - A pioneer museum providing permanent displays and changing exhibitions of local history. Contact the museum on 09 235 8698. Hartmann House situated next to the museum has an excellent range of handicrafts for sale.

13 King St, Waiuku
Phone: 09 235 8698

A pioneer museum providing permanent displays and changing exhibitions of local history. Contact the museum on 09 235 8698. Hartmann House situated next to the museum has an excellent range of handicrafts for sale.


Tuakau

Alexandra Redoubt

Alexandra Redoubt Road, Tuakau

The Alexandra Redoubt was built in July 1863 by a detachment of the 65th Regiment. It is the best preserved of all the military posts and was built in 1863 - 64.


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.


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


Waikato Region

Rangiriri Heritage Theatre

 
Rangiriri Heritage Theatre - We have displays and an audio visual telling the story of the Early New Zealand Land War History of Rangiriri.<br />To view our museum trails, visit http://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/media/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/HWT9156-Museum-Trail-Brochure-v15.pdf

12 Rangiriri Road, Rangiriri
Phone: 07 826 3667

We have displays and an audio visual telling the story of the Early New Zealand Land War History of Rangiriri.
To view our museum trails, visit http://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/media/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/HWT9156-Museum-Trail-Brochure-v15.pdf


Entertainment

Kingseat

Spookers Haunted Attractions

 
Spookers Haunted Attractions - Spookers is a live entertainment experience in which the victims(you!) move through theatrically themed Haunted Houses, and outdoor environments populated by sets, props and live scare-actors.  As you walk through the experiences you will encounter visual, tactile, and sound effects intended to scare the yell out of you.

833 Kingseat Road, Karaka
Phone: 09 291 9002

Spookers is a live entertainment experience in which the victims(you!) move through theatrically themed Haunted Houses, and outdoor environments populated by sets, props and live scare-actors. As you walk through the experiences you will encounter visual, tactile, and sound effects intended to scare the yell out of you.


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
Sim Sity Ltd




Pukekohe

Dancewell Studios

East Pukekohe Community Hall and Buckland Hall
Phone: 092334850

We offer Dance Tuition in Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Rock'N'Roll, Street Latin and New Vogue for Adults, Children, Weddings, Schools and Social Groups.


Parks and Gardens

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.


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.


Waitawa Regional Park

 
Waitawa Regional Park - Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays.<br />Visitors can take the short walk to the Pawhetau headland for spectacular vistas towards Pakihi and Ponui Islands. Waitawa also has a purpose built sea kayak campground for those paddling Te Ara Moana, the sea-going pathway.

Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Kawakawa

Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays.
Visitors can take the short walk to the Pawhetau headland for spectacular vistas towards Pakihi and Ponui Islands. Waitawa also has a purpose built sea kayak campground for those paddling Te Ara Moana, the sea-going pathway.


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


Patumahoe

Wrights Watergardens

 
Wrights Watergardens - A garden with a difference!  Six acres of stunning watergardens & natural waterfall transform an abandoned quarry into a relaxing oasis.  The gardens consist of more than 30 waterlilly and lotus ponds which are surrounded by areas for picnics.

128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe
Phone: 09 236 3211

A garden with a difference!  Six acres of stunning watergardens & natural waterfall transform an abandoned quarry into a relaxing oasis.  The gardens consist of more than 30 waterlilly and lotus ponds which are surrounded by areas for picnics.


Waikato Region

Brooklands Country Estate

Phone: 07 825 4756

Bombay

Footbridge Lodge

Phone: 09 236 0510


Whitford
Zen Garden

Great Outdoors

Miranda

Miranda Shorebird Centre

 
Miranda Shorebird Centre - Renowned migratory wading birds from home and abroad.  Unique Wrybill all year round.  Visitor & Natural History Information Centre.  Bunkroom and motel unit accommodation.

East Coast Road, Miranda
Phone: 09 232 2781

Renowned migratory wading birds from home and abroad.  Unique Wrybill all year round.  Visitor & Natural History Information Centre.  Bunkroom and motel unit accommodation.


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. 


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.


Grahams Beach

Harbour Walks

Grahams Beach to Wattle Bay

3 hour walk from Grahams Beach to Wattle Bay with the choice of stopping at Big Bay or Orua Bay en-route.  Check tides.


Awhitu

Coast Walk

Lighthouse Road, Awhitu

240m steep descent from the Signal Station, then along the coast to Hamiltons Gap (end of West Coast Road) takes 4 to 5 hours.  Check tides.


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. 


Tapapakanga

Tapapakanga Regional Park

 
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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


Beachlands

Energy Experience

Phone: 0800 338326


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