more sport coming our way!

so….. as per my previous post – Franklin is where the Waikato meets the Auckland region (and vice versa! )

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We ARE the link between the regions where some of the many sporting events coming to New Zealand, will be played out and we also have some games here on our patch – such as some of the Junior IRB games (as mentioned previously)

So – NOW is the time to think about the other sporting events that you may be interested in! (and organise that little bit of extra time to make the most of the New Zealand countryside)

With only just a little over 200 days to go until the 2015 ICC cricket begins (Feb 14 to March 29 ), accommodation in the region will be going fast.
cricketThe games will be played in both Australia and New Zealand, with 14 teams competing in 49 matches over 44 days. Every team will have the chance to play in both countries, but when the games are in New Zealand, they will be held between Auckland and Hamilton, so what better way to enjoy the top and middle (earth) region than to spend some time in Franklin, investigating our countryside. Take a bit of extra time to enjoy the Auckland city, the Hamilton/Waikato style and the Franklin region which fits between the two!

Not long after the cricket, is the FIFA under 20 World Cup, here in NZ!football pic

Make the most of THIS visit too, as there will be 7 New Zealand venues, 24 teams and 52 matches.
Hamilton holds it’s National Fieldays in June each year, which will coincide with some of the matches, so if you are looking for accommodation, our patch could be the place to be! Franklin is only a short drive from Hamilton and Auckland with our own touch!

Get those diaries out and start your planning NOW! If you have a few extra days to spare, then get to one of our great golf courses and relax and unwind with a round or two at Pukekohe Golf Course, with our very own supa star Kaye Maxwell at Maxwell’s Golf, or any one of our other half-dozen or so courses on the doorstep…..

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Tuakau Hotel pic

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Franklin – where Auckland meets the Waikato!!

I attended a(nother) meeting the other day and began to wonder about Franklin

Clarks BeachShould we just leave it to Auckland to take care of, as most of our region IS in the greater Auckland area – aka the Super City, and the rest to the Waikato/Hamilton, as there is the tail end of OUR patch that sits in the Waikato?
After listening to the speakers at the meeting, I really began to feel that Franklin IS the gateway that links the two regions!!

Anyone travelling by car will be going through the very centre of the Franklin region.
Sure….Auckland has, well, what Auckland has as does Hamilton and the Waikato – and what they DO have is not to be sneezed at. There are some wonderful attractions…..and here WE sit – smack in the middle, with our very own slice of paradise.
Port Waikato beachWe have beaches (ok – it’s now winter, so a tad cool for swimming, but awesome to wander along and watch the wild surf on the west coast or take in the calm seas on the east coast),
Nikau Cave we have our very own glow-worm cave, we have the wonderful Pukekohe Park Raceway – which is not only home to the V8 supercars again, but also for horse racing and events, we are also one of the venues for New Zealand’s largest antique and collectables fairs, we have the War birds D day open day display, we have international sporting events, a range of great golf courses to try your hand at, some amazing shopping and cafes/restaurants to name a few!
Kaye Maxwells Golf

Franklin is a GREAT place to come and take a stop and if you are heading north or south, we can give you that relaxation time before hitting the road again for your onward travels.
We ARE a destination that links Auckland and the Waikato! so come and visit, if you haven’t already and if you have – then why not come back and have a winter weekend with some of the awesome accommodation providers that we have here.
bersanti day spa Have some pampering at one of our fantastic spa’s before heading off on your journey to your next destination, or heading back to work! Pure day spa
This weekend is your last chance for the season, to go for a steam train ride at Glenbrook’s ever popular Vintage Railway but you can always come visit and see the station and have a picnic if the weather is favourable!GVR engine

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.
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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! 🙂

…and still there’s more!

YES!! there IS more coming in Franklin district

If you are looking for still more to do here – stay a while, relax a while and then enjoy some of the things on offer.
I’ve already mentioned previously about all there is to do in Franklin this coming weekend (7th/8th Feb) but NEXT weekend, too, there is plenty to fill the diaries with and that could mean a stay here in the region to make sure that you get the most out of your time here, if you are visiting us. Even if you live in the region, you may want to check out the accommodation and the dining to make the most of your time for a funfilled weekend!
We have the hugely popular A&P Show on the 15th and 16th Feb with fun at the side shows for the kids (big and small) and great exhibits, animal shows and events.
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For the muscle and vintage vehicle buffs, come see the Waiuku Classic Car Show on the 16th. Take a picnic, check out the muscle cars, vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and farm machinery and more. Or buy a BBQ lunch, but whichever you choose, enjoy the array of vehicles on show.
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white_wine_glassAlso on the 16th, we have the Clevedon Jazz, Wine and Food Festival at North Road, Clevedon.

So all in all…..the next few weeks and weekends will be bringing you heaps of things to do and see right here in Franklin !!

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

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

Things to do – places to be…..

Well, now it’s time for things to take take off again in Franklin! after the Christmas festivities.

courtesy of Eventfinder information
courtesy of Eventfinder information

January is well under way and that means that the next public holiday is not far off – Auckland’s Anniversary Day will fall on Monday 27th. This will give everyone the chance to come out to Kaiaua and have a blast at the Summer Soul Festival featuring Australian Soul Queen, Renee Geyer!
Kaiaua fish n chips
There should be plenty of time to take the opportunity to investigate the Kaiaua region before or after the Fest, or in fact, take time out to see Franklin! Even we locals don’t always get to see just what we have on our own doorstep!

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YUM!

We have beaches aplenty (as mentioned in my prevous blog!), wineries, restaurants, cafes, great shopping for all tastes, great icecreams (get off the main highway and call in to Pokeno, if you haven’t already checked this out!) and wide open spaces. We also have great places to stay (check out www.franklincountry.com)
local markets selling awesome things and so much more.

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Our diversity is exceptional, ranging from wine tasting, kayaking, fishing, archery, 4WD to enjoying the local markets, cafes and boutique – style shopping, plus our own limestone glow-worm cave and Vintage Railway.”

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The Colour runPukekohe is also going to be the place to be for the Colour Run – The Color Run 5k is coming to New Zealand on January 26th, 2014 at the Pukekohe Raceway! The only question is “Are you ready for the craziest, colourful, 5k of your life?” You bet you are. Race it solo or form a “Colour Team” of 4+ members.

The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a colour crazy day with your friends and family.

….. so come check us out for the next long weekend and get ready for Renee Geyer and some of NZ’s best Kiwi Blues artists, at Kaiaua in the afternoon, and the Colour Run in Pukekohe in the morning, after all we are only a short drive down the highway from Auckland city, or up the road from the Waikato area!

Franklin in the Summer

Franklin is a very lucky region!

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We are pretty close to most beaches (I think that I just MAY have mentioned that before 🙂 ) We have the best of both coasts – the white sands and calmer seas of the East coast for easy swimming (such as Maraetai, Kawakawa Bay and also there’s Kaiaua, part of the seabird coast as well).
At Awhitu Regional ParkThe East coast waters can also be reached on the amazing Awhitu Peninsula at the Awhitu Regional Park. The beach here is very calm and brilliant for families with young children. The park has the added attraction of having a camp ground and even when there are zillions of vehicles in the car park of the park, the beach is big enough to not be on top of one another – in fact most of the time, you have to wonder just WHERE the people are!! Awhitu Regional Park
Clarks BeachClarks Beach is another glorious beach to take advantage of, as do many boaties. The Clarks Beach camp ground and Holiday park is right at the waters edge and also have bikes and pedal cars for hire (that’s if you are looking for extra things to fill your day!)
Orua Bay and Big Bay are also white sand beaches that have great swimming opportunites (accommodation also available in the form of both campgrounds and cabins as with Clarks beach)
The “wild” west coast is where not only swimmers, but also, the surfies, (those keen on surf boarding) head to. Great black sand beaches like Port Waikato and Kariotahi.
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Hamiltons Gap 2Hamiltons Gap is a real surf beach – not sign posted so I guess you need to know someone who knows where it is (head along the Awhitu Road and keep an eye out on the left, for West Coast Road and, hey presto – yu’re there!)
As noted on a googled site by someone who’s been – Hamilton Gap is another ‘secret’ little place that most Aucklands don’t know about. While jafa’s (slang for aucklanders) crowd murawai, piha and karekare beaches, hamiltons gap stays relatively empty. There are massive dunes and wierd clay structures. You can even drive on the beach if you like. I love the fact that its only an hours drive from Auckland.Black Sand beach. You can see Manukau heads from the distance from there.

If you aren’t planning on staying a night or two at any of the beaches, then take a picninc and have a fun time exploring whichever beach that takes your fancy. They will all have something to offer your particular interest – whether that be swimming, surfing, or exploring somewhere a little out of the way and yet close enough for a day trip from the CBD of Auckland!!