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A sense of history

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A sense of history

Franklin Country is an adventure and outdoor paradise, relaxed and unspoiled. There are a host of activities to suit all ages and abilities. Franklin offers spectacular scenery, from the rugged west coast to peaceful rural backdrops, as well as many wonderful beaches and idyllic picnic areas. There are also several spots that are uniquely Franklin and well worth a visit.

Whether you are seeking to experience adventure or tranquility, or to relax and rejuvenate in Franklin, there is something for everyone.

Where will you go today?

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.


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.


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


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.


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

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.


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. 


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 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.


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