Who says there’s nothing to do?……..

If anyone thinks that the school holidays are boring with nothing to do in Franklin Country, think again! Especially if you have an interest in racing, cars, trucks, markets, to name but a few.

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United V8 Spectacular 2015
United V8 Spectacular 2015
Franklin Street Rodders Show & Swap meet at Mauku 2015
Franklin Street Rodders Show & Swap meet at Mauku 2015

Gypsy Travellers market 2015markets pic

Frankly crafty market dates for 2015
Frankly crafty market dates for 2015
gorgeous handmade giftware at Frankly Crafty market
gorgeous handmade giftware at Frankly Crafty market

If you feel energetic, how about a bit of a run at the Waiuku Sand to Mud fun run, on Sunday 12th?Sand to mud run pic

…and look out for more things happening in our patch.
If these things don’t catch your eye, then there is always the local cinema for the latest movies (and if the weather turns to custard!)
So stay awhile at one of our fantastic accommodation providers and have an awesome weekend in Franklin Countrywhere Auckland meets the Waikato

…and here we are – 2015!!

green 2015
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

Another great weekend is coming…

For anyone wondering what to do this coming weekend…look no further than Franklin!!

It should be a stunner , kicking off – literally – with the CMRFU Steelers v Canterbury game (check out franklincountry.comfor details)

Countiesrugby ball

If that doesn’t take your fancy, we also have the Bride of the Year event. Always a wonderful occasion with beautiful brides capturing the magic of their special day again, and hoping to win wonderful prizes at the Pukekohe Town Hall. bride of the year wedding fresse

Stay at one of the fantastic accommodation locations in the area and head on out to the unequaled local markets on the Saturday before having your say in the National elections at one of the many voting stations set up for this, around Franklin.

If you are into cars (hot rods in particular) then head to the Indian Association Hall on Ward Street and check out the huge array of vehicles – from dragsters to trucks, with only a $10 entry fee to the hall or just browse around outside and get your fill. The 50th annivesary of one of New Zealands biggest clubs is on all weekend!! (check out our What’s on page!!)hot rod car

Sunday is another day to check out the markets if you didn’t get around to it on Saturday, or if you feel the need to go again – this time in Pokeno maybe…or head to Hampton Downs to check out New Zealand’s top drifters in action on Sunday 21 September. car drifts or even head to the Hunua’s and get into the Blackmores XTERRA Auckland Trail Run/Walk Series Hunua
Xterra fun run

Looking for something to do this weekend???

Look no further – here we are – almost another weekend! and here in Franklin, it means that there are things “a-happenin’ ”

For instance – if you are looking for some family activities, there’s the ever popular Amazing Maze n Maize at Kingseat, to get lost in!!Amazing Maze n Maize
Waiuku Primary School is another place to head to , as there will be a Summer Carnival there, from 10:0 a.m with stalls, water slide, a hangi (need to pre-order for this yummy treat, so if you’ve never tried a hangi – get in there now!), pony rides and so much more.hangi

For the more energetic, there is the Mauku Fun Run and even if you didn’t feel like taking part, being an onlooker and supporter is fine! but check out the info just in case.

……and then there’s the motor and vintage enthusiasts that we can cater for too.

vintage tractorThe Karaka Vintage Day should be an awesome event, once again. It always puts on a great day with machinery and vintage vehicles of all sorts, so if you feel like a step back in time, that is definitely the place to be.

BNT ST picHeading to Pukekohe in Franklin, is “The Ultimate Family Picnic”. Pack your picnic, kids, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and whoever else you can fit in the car/van/bus and check out the BNT V8 Supertourers. This is the Round 3 event of the BNT V8 Super Tourers and not only will you have the roar of the engines and excitement of the races, but there will also be competitions, challenges and spot prizes for all. So that’s another great event to check out!

A little further south of Pukekohe, by only about 10 minutes, is Tuakau.
A growing town where, this Sunday 23rd, the celebration at the local museum of 100 years of the building will take place. The museum began it’s life as the local Post Office and operated in this way for many years, Of course the changing tide and growth of larger towns, meant that the local post office was no longer viable and the original building was to take on a new lease of life as the museum. So much history of the region and original families, many whose descendants are still living and working in the area.
Tuakau old pic

So, THAT, my friends, gives you a few ideas of what to do and where to go this weekend – and if you are quick enough, you may be able to grab a night at one of our many accommodation providers so that you don’t have to rush back anywhere! 🙂

Franklin region is in for a busy weekend!

Goodness – this time of the year continues to be pretty darn busy here in Franklin Country!FC logo pic

If you are keen on antiques and collectables, then we have the place for you! Pukekohe Town hall will be the location to check out all of those items of interest and memories, with the Antiques and Collectables Show. antiques pic
The show is on both Saturday and Sunday and there will be plenty of other things to visit too. The market is always on at the Massey Ave carpark on a Saturday, and another at the Pokeno Village on Sunday, with great fresh produce and much much more, so well worth a visit too.
markets pic

On Sunday, if you are feeling energetic, there is the 1/2 marathon or 6 k fun run, whichever you feel you can cope with! You will need to register and get there nice and early and afterwards, just over the road, is the Pukekohe Raceway’s “Bridles, Brollies and Beauties” event. By the looks of the weather forecast, it should be a chance to get some sun and have some fun.
horse race

…..and if that’s not enough action to cover, there is always the ENZED V8 Jetsprints at Meremere also on Sunday!

If you are worried about somewhere to stay then we have a range of accommodation options here in Franklin. There is the wonderful Tuakau Hotel (they also have accommodation at the Mercer airfield). Touchwood Motel in Pukekohe is handy to all events, as is Aveda Motor Lodge and BK’s Motorlodge and we have a number of B&B’s too, if that’s more your style! as well as camp grounds such as Clarks Beach Holiday Park.
The beaches are fairly handy too – the black sand west coast Karitahi or Port Waikato, or the calmer east coast beaches like Maraetai. Clarks Beach is a great place for swimming, boating and more, along with Glenbrook Beach, Waiau Pa, Kaiaua…the list is endless.
PLUS…if you are into golfing, then there are at least 5 or more courses all handy, with the Pukekohe course on the main road into town. The guys there would love to help get you set up for a round!
So check out our info on our website and come out our way for an awesome weekend with absolutely heaps to do and great weather to do it in!Clarks Beach

Pukekohe’s First ever Colour Run!

Colour run before

Franklin region has had New Zealand’s first ever Colour run with huge success!!

The Colour run, “a global 5km phenomenon” has partnered with Monty Betham’s Steps for Life and says ”

Color Run is a commercial event which chooses to support charities. As a for-profit event we are proud to give back to the local community, something we do not have to do, but we choose to do.
In Auckland we will support Step’s for Life.
Obesity is one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. Globally trends show an increase of overweight and obese youth. As a nation our youth are following the same trend.
Steps for Life is dedicated to empowering NZ youth and their families one step at a time. Providing assistance and support along with the knowledge and tools required to make sustainable changes that gives youth and their families the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle, eliminating the many risks associated with obesity.

The event in Pukekohe, in Auckland’s Super city southern region, has been a huge success, with thousands of people attending.
Our reporter has said

Pukekohe Park Raceway was the venue for the first-ever Colour Run this morning and the organizers, in conjunction with Auckland Council, could not have been happier, with thousands of participants coming from all over.
This event is taking place in 140 countries around the world, raising money to help alleviate global poverty and it has become known as ‘The Happiest 5 kilometre Run on the Planet’.
The morning began with the Zumba with many, mostly young people taking part before the run started with everyone dressed in white. it was expected that everyone would finish the event plastered in colour after being squirted with a different one at the finish of each kilometre

See the Colour run on Youtube
Colour run French boys

Colour run Westies 2

Colour run Zumba

Watch out for the next one!
The result of the Colour Run!