Here in our own patch of Godzone, we have quite a fantastic number of places/properties who are up there with the best!
For instance, we have Anita’s Flowerbiz and Gifts in Tuakau, who have a great range of gifts, flowers and jewellery and well worth a visit while looking for things to do and see on a day out around our region. They also are the only store in Franklin to stock Onesole Shoes where you buy the shoe sole, then change the design to suit your mood or the occasion!
If you happen to be in or near Tuakau investigating Anita’s or the historical Alexandra Redoubt, where the British were stationed, and which was established immediately after the invasion of the Waikato on 12 July 1863. (Many of the local early settlers of Tuakau are also buried here). then you may feel the need for a meal, or some refreshments in which case. the newly refurbished historical Tuakau Hotel is the place to head to. The food is great and the hotel is now a wonderful place to experience – comfortable and modern rooms are also available for stays either in the hotel itself, or in the newly built motel style accommodation.
La Valla Estate is another property to check into if you would like a countryside stay while checking out our patch. Originally a boys school set up for young men considering entering the Catholic Brotherhood, in 1922, La Valla has been lovingly restored and re-created by its present owners to preserve the past and protect the future of as a unique location.
Another of our fantastic cafe/restaurants is Cafe Palazzo at Shed 16, Drury, where you can also take a peek at flowers, plants and more as the cafe at Shed 16 also has a garden centre.
The Cafe have just entered the “Cafe of the Year” competition, so get along and try out the ambience, food and chat with the friendly staff, then help them out by giving them your vote!
This is just the start of what we have right here in Franklin Country, and there is soooo much more. Take a look at our web page and plan your getaway in Franklin! See the history, take in the peace, walk the Hunua ranges or the beaches, shop in our friendly stores, head up the Awhitu Pensinsula ( a lovely place to stay here is One Field Farm – another recently built accommodation property, far enough away and yet handy to the things you need).
If golf is your game or idea of relaxation, then we have any number to choose from, from Awhitu to Maramarua and plenty in between. Pukekohe Golf Course is one that is amongst some of the top ranked in the Auckland greater region, and there is also the wonderful 9 hole golfing academy – Maxwells Golf, which has eight Par 3’s and one Par 4, and the Onewhero Gold Course, just over Tuakau’s iconic bridge – so come relax, enjoy and experience!!