Franklin in photos

We’re a little bit country…………and a little bit city savvy, too……… with a whole lot of heart!!!

Golfing, wining and dining at Maxwells Golf

……and here we are again…almost summer….almost Christmas!

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.

Port Waikato beach
Port Waikato on the West coast
East coast beaches in summer
East coast beaches in summer

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! gvr-steam-train-and-engine.jpg

Our local Pukekohe Performing Arts group will help bring back memories of a bygone era with their production of “Grease,” showing until  Sunday.

Then there’s the local markets, an Orchid fair and the amazing Blast to the Past at Waiuku!

Heaps of great accommodation choices too – motels, hotels, campgounds, B&B’s – you name it!! along with dining experiences of all sorts!

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 .

bersanti day spa

Franklin’s Fresh Taste

Well – the time has arrived!

Fish - Taste Franklin

Franklin‘s very own special Taste Fest is on here at Karaka on Saturday 21st March. It should be a great experience.
Some info about the show from one of our local papers –
Franklin Taste Festival March 21, 2015

Come stay and play at our place in Franklin for a great getaway!!

…and here we are – 2015!!

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Where DID 2014 go?

The beginning of a new year with new plans and prospects. Franklin is no different in that respect as we have such a lot on the agenda again this year! BUT we do have such awesome events.

If you are a racing fan, then the end of this month at Hampton Downs (officially in the North Waikato, but we still call that area our southern Franklin!!) is the Fifty Plus Formula 5000 lineup

An unprecedented turnout of Formula 5000 cars looks set to secure the 2015 Gulf Oil Howden Ganley Formula 5000 Festival’s place in motorsport history as one of the largest ever gatherings of the iconic race cars.

The organisers are confident fans will see 50 plus of the V8, 10 and V12 powered machines, with cars covering all years of the F5000 formula’s life, and most if not all of the manufacturers who built cars for the series which ran in various guises in the USA, Europe and Australasia between 1968 and 1982.

The 2015 event – which stretches over the weekends of January 16-18 and 23-25 at the Hampton Downs circuit in the North Waikato – is a celebration of both the Formula 5000 type of racing car and driver Howden Ganley. Unheralded Kiwi Ganley’s story is a fascinating one that took the former team mechanic to sports cars, F5000 and the dizzy heights of Formula One.

It also marks the first ‘Formula 5000 World Series’ – the champion of which will be crowned after the last race of the second weekend of the Festival. At least one full grid of Formula 5000s will race during the Festival, and that could mean as many as 35 of the earth-shaking single seaters roaring around the Hampton Downs track almost five seconds a lap quicker than the best ‘V8 taxi’ is capable of

..and while you’re over this way, why not stay awhile and head to Waiuku for the Movies in Parks Rocky Horror Picture show on the 16th Jan? Rocky Horror pic

Splore pic
February, on our calendar here in Franklin has the “Splore Festival” at Tapapakanga Regional Park. So get set for summertime fun and music by the water!

Simply put Splore is a boutique music and arts festival like no other.

In March we have some celebrations of the area and our own Taste Festival…so keep an eye out for more info here AND get your accommodation booked (if you can!!) and come stay a while !!

pohutukawa beach pic

‘Tis the festive Season

green_christmas_baubles_192901Well….here it is! That time of year when the kids have put in their requests to Santa and the thoughts of holidays, sun and relaxation are paramount in the minds of many.

So have a safe and Happy Christmas – maybe some time to reflect on the year gone by and the new one coming, a wonderful New Year and be kind to one another.

A Christmas wish for all - be Happy, Healthy and at Peace with yourself and the world.
A Christmas wish for all – be Happy, Healthy and at Peace with yourself and the world.

a good looking weekend….

Well, here we are again! Labour Weekend!!
The year is going so fast and the summer activities are popping up again.
Here in our patch – Franklin country – there is a great lineup, especially if the weather stays the way it is starting out!! Sunshine YES!!!!
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black smoke GVR train

Our wonderful Glenbrook Vintage Railway is opening for the summer season this weekend and will have some awesome displays –

Come and celebrate the re-opening of the Glenbrook Vintage Railway for our 38th operating season!
This weekend will be extra special as two of our steam locomotives will be operating- Ja 1250 “Diana” & Ww 644 on the Saturday & Sunday of this long weekend. An added extra for the public this weekend, is to have the opportunity to travel inside the cab of our steam loco. Cab ride experiences will be held at Glenbrook Station for a small few of $10 per person.

A massive display of locomotives will be taking place at our Pukeoware Depot featuring A 423, Wab 800, J 1234 and other heritage locomotives. These locos are not shown to the general public, so again a very good opportunity to get up close to these steam giants.
Other attractions will be at Glenbrook Station including classic car, vintage tractor displays and much more.

Come out on Monday 27th October (Labour Weekend Monday) for a fantastic day of steam train action featuring Ab 608 “Passchendaele” from Wellington!
The highlight will be steam locomotive ‘Ab’ 608 “Passchendaele” from Steam Incorporated visiting us whilst operating their Heartland Rail Tour train. Ab 608 “Passchendaele” will be operating the 5 return trips over our 8km railway during this day. At some point during the day our Ww 644 steam locomotive will couple up to Ab 608, and they will then perform ‘double-heading’ specials. This is a very unique experience, and should not be missed!
Ab 608 “Passchendaele” has just undergone a massive restoration by the team at Steam Incorporated near Wellington. She has returned to steam, and mainline running this year so it is a massive honour to have this special locomotive visit our railway. This locomotive is very unique in that it is the World War One memorial locomotive from the New Zealand Government Railways.
A special commemorative service will be held at Glenbrook Station on Monday morning prior to the first scheduled train departure. This will feature a display of World War One and other military equipment and personal.

Along with this awesome event, Franklin has some fantastic markets over Saturday and Sunday and the site of the Franklin Zoo, at Tuakau, will have an open afternoon on Sunday in an effort to re-open as an Animal sanctuary. So check out the details and take a picnic lunch for another great day in Franklin.saving-Franklin-Zoo

We have plenty to see and do, so stay a while and have a fun loooong weekend!!