Franklin has it’s history from all parts of the world –
I’m being a bit lazy here, in that one of our local papers/mags does a great job of capturing bits and bobs from the regions history, which I thought that I would share further. It really is quite interesting how things come about. This case in point is from Clarks Beach – Torkar Road, in fact – so here is some interesting reading : –
Another update on happenings for the Southern Corridor, including part of the Franklin region, has now been published and delivered.
Auckland Mayor, Len Brown turned the first sod on the 21st October of this year – 2015.
The project will see –
improved safety and journey reliability on Auckland’s Southern Motorway
and extends 9.5 kms from Manukau to Papakura along SH 1.
Walking and cycling improvements have also been factored in to the improvements
The fun has really begun now – the track is set up and raring to go with the thunder of V8Supercars ITM 500. Fans will be flocking in to see their motor sport heroes in action!
For those wanting to spread their wings and investigate the region, well….there’s plenty to see. Head to our web page for some ideas including our fantastic local GVR steam train, our iconic Manukau Heads lighthouse and surrounds.
If you want to just hang out in Auckland city, the Cloud on the waterfront will be the place to head to see the Travel Expo for what we have in the outer regions of Auckland – the regional playgrounds!
Keep looking – there is much more to see and investigate than what it appears. We have it all – in a location that gives you city savvy with country style!
WOW!!! Franklin is once again showcasing a great deal of things to do and places to be over the next few weeks – just to start the summer season!!
Our area is quite a vast rural one, on the outer edges of what is now the Auckland Supercity, (not too far from the airport) but also taking in the Northern edge of the Waikato region, so we do have lots around – the west and east coast beaches are great for surfing and swimming (when the weather is fine), but also fantastic to walk along and take in the sounds, smells and sights at this time of year.
Right now we can also enjoy (well many of us can!!) a long weekend with fun times at the local Glenbrook Vintage Railway. This weekend is their opening weekend for the season and there will be fun aplenty for all ages,, including a country market day on Monday!
Our local Pukekohe Performing Arts group will help bring back memories of a bygone era with their production of “Grease,” showing until Sunday.
If that isn’t enough to get you interested, then just wait and keep an eye out for more happenings in the region – including the V8 Supercars – only a matter of weeks away now!!! and with Christmas looming ever closer, there’s always the Christmas display to help get into the swing of things to come .
so, now I can make an effort to continue with the alphabet of Franklin, starting this time with the letter N –
is for New Zealand Steel who own the Steel mill at Franklin’s Glenbrook.
Although there has been some talk of the Steel mill closing, as there is and has been off and on for many years, according to Wikipedia, which was last updated in March of this year – Currently, the mill produces 650 000 tonnes of steel a year which is either domesticity used or exported. Over 90% of New Zealand’s steel requirements are produced at Glenbrook.
Public tours are available by arrangement – and a very interesting tour they do!!
and thanks to the generous support of New Zealand Steel, the NZ Steel galleries in Franklin: The Centre, Pukekohe, provide a flexible exhibition space with international-standard facilities for art works. Well worth a visit for the likes of the recently held Franklin Arts Festival .
is for one of our many wonderful places to stay – Orua Bay Beach Motor Camp & Accommodation, which is nestled in the tranquillity of the countryside on the northern shore of the Awhitu Peninsula, on the shore and in the centre of a beautiful 3km sandy beach, north-facing (for all day sun).
Onewhero Golf Club – one of our many good golf courses which is open dawn to dusk and is a mature course of 18 holes, set in the fertile Franklin area, with volcanic free draining soil, that means the course is rarely closed. Areas of native bush on the course attracting native pigeons.
Port Waikato Holiday Park – another of our regions great holiday parks where you can enjoy a true kiwi summer holiday experience – just the way it should be.
The Port Waikato area of Franklin region, is a well-known surfing and whitebaiting destination and a popular holiday spot as well as being one of the few places dinosaur fossils can be found in New Zealand.
Pukekohe Golf Club –The best course in Auckland (and it’s here in Franklin)- in our humble opinion! It is normally in such good condition that it deserves the title.
We also have the Pollok Arts & Crafts Co-op where you can purchase original 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.
is for Quality Caterers – our local catering company, specialising in wedding catering, spit roast catering and so much more.
for our wonderful Red Shed Palazzo – a place just off the southern motorway at Drury where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful food, gardens and let the kids have fun on the swings. You’ll enjoy tasty innovative cuisine in a laid-back environment and also serves delicious coffee. The fully licensed cafe has Steinlager Classic, Macs Gold on tap and a full range of Mount Riley wines.
this has GOT to stand for our famous “Spookers” attraction!!! The one and only scare yourselves silly site, where they will try to scare the yell out of you! and New Zealand’s only haunted attraction theme park.
We also have one of the fine dining locations here at Simunovich Estate’s Bracu Restaurant
plus one of our many wonderful B&B’s – Springcurl Lodge, an affordable luxury B&B and deer park, who are a pet friendly accommodation.
is for our reserves and parks – Tamakae Reserve in Waiuku with it’s bit of history : Legend has it that two prominent Wai O Hua brothers, Tamakae and Tamakou, vied for the hand of a beautiful high ranking Waikato chieftainess.
and Tapapakanga Regional Park, which has a rich Maori and European history.
For many centuries Täpapakanga was an important dwelling place for the Marutüahu iwi, especially Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāti Whanaunga.
In those days Tāpapakanga supported several large ka – inga (villages) each with extensive ku – mara and taro cultivation. Archaeological sites on the park, include three Māori pā, storage pits (rua), terraces (tūāpapa), shell middens (ahu ota ota) and ovens (umu) as well as stone heaps indicating extensive riverside gardens.
Generally, Franklin is a great place to be……
We have so much that is great here.
but……………………the locals are once again, feeling the effects of big brother – Auckland.
Let’s just hope that someone can take notice of the local ratepayers and constituents!