Franklin’s A-Z

Right here in Franklin, there is so much to see and do, so check out our region’s A – Z

and if you think  you have something or somewhere within Franklin’s surrounds, that you feel is special and that you’d love to share, I’d love you to leave a comment 🙂

Letter A in Franklin is for: Awhitu – Regional Park; golf course
Ararimu – one of the many country settlements nestled in rural Franklin
Aka Aka – rural school and settlement minutes only from the main centre of Pukekohe
Ardmore – home of the Ardmore Warbirds museum and shows
Alfriston – another great rural school and college handy to Papakura for shopping and services

letter B is for – Bombay; a settlement to the south of Auckland, close to the town of Pukekohe. Bombay was named after the ship Bombay, which landed in Auckland and brought settlers to the area in 1863.

from Bombay across the fields
from Bombay across the fields

The Bombay Hills area offers a range of holiday accommodation, restaurants, cafes and attractions including the Simunovich Olive Estate, Bracu Restaurant and Kaye Maxwells Golf Retreat.

P1000472B is also for – Buckland – where a homestead  of a member of the Alfred Buckland family is sited. Also, P1000556just in the last few weeks, the Buckland Hall has been shown on TV in an ad, much to the enjoyment and excitement of the locals!

B – Brookby – another part of the Franklin region. Brookby was originally settled as a farming community but has been growing substantially.

Letter C is for Clevedon
Clevedon is only about 35 minutes from Pukekohe and has some great vineyards as well as places to see< It is not far from the beach but also has bike and kayak trails and, like the rest of the region, a good dollop of history relating to the Maori land wars in the 1800’s.
Clevedon is still a lovely village with great places to stay, many of which are
B&B’s, such as Springcurl Lodge which offers amazing rural views, and a herd of magnificent Red Deer which can be seen grazing nearby. Breakfast consists of some of Clevedon’s tasty local produce.

They are only minutes from local attractions – cafes, hotel,
wine trail, beach, regional parks, waterfalls, markets, “warbird” planes &

C is also for Clarks Beach
A great beach side area only a 20km drive from the southern motorway. Relax at the Clarks Beach Holiday Park, only 35 -40 mins from central Auckland, enjoy a game of golf at the Clarks Beach Golf club which has been voted in the top 10 of NZ’s Country courses and on holiday weekends are well famed for their halfway stops that have fresh flounder fillets on the menu, locally caught and enjoyed by all. CB Holiday Park

Letter D is for –

Drury. A lovely little village minutes from Papakura, Pukekohe and the Southern Motorway which can take you in almost any direction. Drury is a rural village with chemist, Post shop/Kiwi bank, superette, bakery and many more


……and DID you know that Drury was formerly home to a military base??? I don’t know if I knew that before, but then again, a lot of this area has been home to the military, particularly around the time of the New Zealand Land Wars

Letter E – now that’s a tricky one
but I reckon that the Franklin region has it’s fair share of Explorers!P1000499
Just look at the fact that Sir Edmund Hilary was one of ours.
Sir Ed started his early life in Tuakau (although the writings usually say that he grew up in Auckland – still I guess that is only up the road!)
Kerre Woodham (now McIvor) is another who spent some of her youth in the area, and I guess that she has done plenty of Exploring – what with exploring journalism, radio host, intrepid traveller and now mountain climber!
I am planning on a “Who’s Who” of the area, so watch the blogs to see who and what I come up with.

E has also been for our ELEPHANT, Mila, who was in Franklin Zoo. Unfortunately Mila has to go elsewhere and the zoo as we knew it, closed down due to the accident which killed Mila’s handler – a lovely and clever lady, Helen, who owned the zoo and was the vet there.

Letter F

P1000500Well of course, F is for Franklin!
The June 2012 estimated population of Franklin was 65,200, covering a land area of 2,187.94 km2 (844.77 sq mi) taking in a large area between the east and west coasts and more. We ARE still Franklin – “The Franklin ward has one local board, Franklin and three subdivisions – Wairoa, Pukekohe and Waiuku.” – this from the Auckland Council website.

Letter G

Well I guess G MUST be for Glenbrook, with our very own Glenbrook Vintage Railway!
11 This is a must see for Steam train enthusiasts and those just wanting a day out, alike. A great bit of working, living history right on our doorstep. So take a picnic and spend a relaxing day at Glenbrook Vintage Railway (operating from Labour Day to Queens Birthday weekend – Sundays and most Public Holiday weekends – check out or GVR for excursion dates)

G is also for GARDENS – we have a few here in Franklin – check out the wonderful Gardenza

and who could forget
Letter H

H is for the HUNUA‘s

The Hunua Ranges have been a favourite of many people for tramping and camping. The Hunua Ranges come under Auckland Council Regional Parks. The ranges themselves are open to pedestrians 24hours but there is more to Hunua than the ranges. Hunua also has a village with a store, petrol station and workshop, school and Presbyterian camp plus a very community minded lot of residents!

Letter i – this could be tricky – I is for – Inspiration maybe?
Here in Franklin we have had lots of insiprational people over the years. Just check out the famous people who have been born here, or have chosen to live in this beautiful region – the “hinterland” of the Auckland Supercity!
Check out the other posts that i have done on our famous locals – from Possum Bourne to Zinzan Brooke, and Richard Taylor, being the more recent inspirational people, and all of the others, past and present, in between!Zinny

then there is
Letter J
Just another awesome place with fabulous businesses and people – Just Cuts for that quick haircut in a hurry and Joy Sushi for Japanese style cuisine and takeaways!

Letter K – Karaka and of course, Kingseat!!

SONY DSCKaraka is now a go ahead part of Franklin, with new subdivisions and modern housing popping up. Handy to the motorway but still rural. Karaka is also not too far from ever popular Kingseat – home of our famous Spookers attraction ”

Letter L is for – our newly re-created La Valla, in Tuakau.
A wonderful place to stay, have a wedding, or almost any type of function and fun!
Shaun and Bernie, Peter and Maria have worked extremely hard to make what was once a school for boys expected to enter the Catholic brotherhood.

An old photo of some of La Valla in Tuakau
An old photo of some of La Valla in Tuakau

La Valla has a great deal of history and it is wonderful to see it becoming a beautiful place once again.La Valla Waterfall

We also have the lovely Leafy Hollow just on the outskirts of Waiuku which is open for garden visits from early September until the end of April, although it is possible to visit outside of this season by contacting the owners.
The garden provides rambling walks scented with the aroma of lavender and rosemary and some lovely water features can be seen!
leafy hollow water feature Leafy hollow wisteria

Letter M
– is for Mauku – a village between Pukekohe and Waiuku in Franklin that has some history (along with many other areas in NZ) connected with the Land Wars of 1845 – 64

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