Trains ‘n boats…

Franklin Country is having their fantastically popular Thomas the Tank Engine Weekend this weekend!!

IMG_0271If trains are your thing, this will be the place to be.

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway ‘s annual Thomas day always proves to be a great winner and an added bonus will be the new Glenbrook Morel Railway, which is situated on Morley Road…..a train stop away from the station at Glenbrook.

Bob and his elves have been working intently to make sure that they can get the Model Railway operating to coincide with the Thomas weekend, so if you are in the area……keep an eye out to discover the magic of the miniature train, boats and more!

GMR 6….but wait!!….there IS more.

The Port Waikato Whitebait fritter competition is also on!. Head out to our west coast beach for a taste test of some of the locals recipes for the perfect fritter!!  mmmmmmm….mmm

I can personally vouch for a fantastic taste tingle!

P1000743so why wait??

Head to our patch of country – where Auckland meets the Waikato – and check out what’s on!!

more sport coming our way!

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

EcoLight Stadium Pukekohe

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…..

Tuakau Hotel pic