Our corner of the World…..

Franklin District; your ultimate and unique destination – combining relaxed country lifestyles with savvy city style, all just a short drive south of Auckland or north of Hamilton, 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.
cropped-west-coast.jpgThe district has many beaches, – the rugged West Coast being perfect for walking, beachcombing and surfing while the East coast provides easy swimming.
The main town is Pukekohe, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing secondary urban area, Pukekohe offers not only excellent residential options and recreational opportunities, but also access to the goods and services available in much larger centres. Pukekohe is renowned for it’s market gardening, stylish cafes and enviable shopping.
Neighbouring towns and villages include Tuakau, a growing rural town with reasonably priced homes and land on offer and handy to wherever you want to be, THE_BRIDGE
Bombay being home to New Zealand’s largest olive estate, producing award-winning olive oil and skin care products and features an excellent restaurant.
Pokeno is a favourite stop known for its generous servings of icecream, its locally produced bacon and sausages and friendly country village atmosphere.

YUM!
YUM!

Mercer, beside the Waikato with its Dutch cheese shop is a ‘must do’ in any itinerary. Mercer Cheese
Patumahoe,Clarks Beach & Waiau Pa – The area reveals some of Auckland’s finest gardens, charming Wedding Chapels, Boutique Vineyards, Animal Studs, Olive Groves, Golf Course and more, Waiuku – with it’s historic Hotel built in the 1850’s and one of New Zealand’s oldest licensed hotels.
Awhitu Peninsula – offering some of the best views of the Manukau Harbour and rugged West Coast. The area was an important early settlement area and gateway to the rest of the country for both Maori and European and home to the replica Manukau Heads Lighthouse Awhitu Lighthouse
Clevedon Oysters signClevedon well known for Clevedon Oysters and Clevedon Valley Buffalo farm. A first for NZ, the company’s buffalo dairy has won multiple awards and gold medals at New Zealand’s national cheese and artisan awards. Pure white buffalo milk contains much more protein and calcium than cows milk. it is higher in fat but has roughly half the cholesterol of cows milk.
Drury and Karaka are tranquil, quiet, picturesque areas, situated just 30 minutes south of New Zealand’s largest city. They offer superb accommodation and cuisine.
Seabird Coast, Kaiaua and Miranda with its world renowned Chenier shell banks, is the summer home to a variety of migratory Arctic wading birds including the Wrybil which is found here all year round. A relaxing soak in mineral hot springs at Miranda is the perfect way to end your day before enjoying delicious fish and chips at Kaiaua, a favourite of locals and Aucklanders.P1000455
Hunua offers a natural playground – it’s park having the largest native forest in the Auckland region, and its impressive yet picturesque Hunua Falls
Hunua Falls

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