Our corner of the World…..

Franklin District; your ultimate and unique destination – combining relaxed country lifestyles with savvy city style, all just a short drive south of Auckland or north of Hamilton, features olive groves, vineyards and market gardens, while providing a unique opportunity to taste locally grown and produced foods and wines, many of which are featured on menus around the district.
cropped-west-coast.jpgThe district has many beaches, – the rugged West Coast being perfect for walking, beachcombing and surfing while the East coast provides easy swimming.
The main town is Pukekohe, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing secondary urban area, Pukekohe offers not only excellent residential options and recreational opportunities, but also access to the goods and services available in much larger centres. Pukekohe is renowned for it’s market gardening, stylish cafes and enviable shopping.
Neighbouring towns and villages include Tuakau, a growing rural town with reasonably priced homes and land on offer and handy to wherever you want to be, THE_BRIDGE
Bombay being home to New Zealand’s largest olive estate, producing award-winning olive oil and skin care products and features an excellent restaurant.
Pokeno is a favourite stop known for its generous servings of icecream, its locally produced bacon and sausages and friendly country village atmosphere.

YUM!
YUM!

Mercer, beside the Waikato with its Dutch cheese shop is a ‘must do’ in any itinerary. Mercer Cheese
Patumahoe,Clarks Beach & Waiau Pa – The area reveals some of Auckland’s finest gardens, charming Wedding Chapels, Boutique Vineyards, Animal Studs, Olive Groves, Golf Course and more, Waiuku – with it’s historic Hotel built in the 1850’s and one of New Zealand’s oldest licensed hotels.
Awhitu Peninsula – offering some of the best views of the Manukau Harbour and rugged West Coast. The area was an important early settlement area and gateway to the rest of the country for both Maori and European and home to the replica Manukau Heads Lighthouse Awhitu Lighthouse
Clevedon Oysters signClevedon well known for Clevedon Oysters and Clevedon Valley Buffalo farm. A first for NZ, the company’s buffalo dairy has won multiple awards and gold medals at New Zealand’s national cheese and artisan awards. Pure white buffalo milk contains much more protein and calcium than cows milk. it is higher in fat but has roughly half the cholesterol of cows milk.
Drury and Karaka are tranquil, quiet, picturesque areas, situated just 30 minutes south of New Zealand’s largest city. They offer superb accommodation and cuisine.
Seabird Coast, Kaiaua and Miranda with its world renowned Chenier shell banks, is the summer home to a variety of migratory Arctic wading birds including the Wrybil which is found here all year round. A relaxing soak in mineral hot springs at Miranda is the perfect way to end your day before enjoying delicious fish and chips at Kaiaua, a favourite of locals and Aucklanders.P1000455
Hunua offers a natural playground – it’s park having the largest native forest in the Auckland region, and its impressive yet picturesque Hunua Falls
Hunua Falls

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A new Park in Franklin…

The Franklin region has a new Regional Park opening today (8th March).
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This wonderful new Regional Park – Waitawa – only 15 minutes from Clevedon Village, in Franklin Country is holding an open weekend this weekend, showcasing a fantastic place for all to enjoy.

Today and tomorrow, the park is open for visitors to enjoy and has activities to take part in too – kite flying, mountain bike riding, walking tracks, swimming, golf discs and more. There are also food tents in case you get caught short without your own picnic!

…and if you want to check out the lay of the land before committing to any one area, take a shuttle trip in one of the shuttle vans and sit back to enjoy!
The Park has a fair bit of history, – having once been an explosives storage area –

The park land at Waitawa is of great importance to Maori as it is located upon a traditional boundary line between Te Urikaraka (Ngati Paoa) and Ngati Kohua (Ngai Tai / Te Waiohua). The area has a long and rich history of human occupation which is reflected in the numerous archaeological sites recorded on the parkland at Waitawa and the wider area. Sites of significance include Waitawa, Waipatukahu and Ruakakariki kainga, the inland kainga of Papaporutu, Oamio and Karioi the Pawhetau, Orakau, Mataitai, Koheruarahi and Kauri pa as well as cultivations at Te Aroaro.

For historic video clips of Waitawa Regional Park, see below:
A Holiday at the Beach
Pāwhetau Pā
Working at Waitawa

…and for interesting historic photos, take a look at these links:
The Wharf
No Smoking Sign
Clean Area
Explosives Truck
Waitawa Bay and housing

It is really quite amazing what we have here on our doorstep!! so get along and visit the Park…it will be open to pedestrians all day from Monday 10th March and will be available to walk the tracks or bike them.
Well done to the Council and team of Park Rangers and others who have helped to get a wonderful place up and running!

Plaque of Waitawa  official opening
Plaque of Waitawa official opening

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