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!!

……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

a sad day to celebrate….

Franklin‘s rural town of Tuakau will tomorrow (8th October) become full to bursting!

Ewen GilmourWell known comedian, Ewen Gilmour had been based at Port Waikato since 2006, and sadly passed away at his home on Friday morning.

Ewen appeared on many TV shows and was very popular with people from all walks of life. As a resident of Port Waikato, Ewen was always willing to lend a hand and always had the interests of the Port at heart.
Ewen was a marriage celebrant, comedian and chairman of the Onewhero-Tuakau Community Board. He was very committed to the community and did a lot for clubs trying to raise funds.

Ewen Gilmour has been remembered as a comedic legend and “one of the nicest guys on the planet” by the entertainment industry.

soo… This Wednesday at Midday at the Tuakau Town Hall, George Street, the funeral for Ewen Gilmour will take place at midday.

everyone welcome…..

No drinks are being served at the funeral but Tuakau Cossie club is open as is the Tuakau hotel.

Expect traffic issues around town during the funeral…. Parking at the sale yards will be available.

Farewell to a great guy. R .I. P

The Billfish and more………

The Billfish
Dining in the sun at The Billfish

so this is Franklin and we can get pretty much anything and everything that we could want or need right here BUT
the opportunity arose for a catch up in Auckland city over the weekend, and arrangements were made to met for lunch at The Billfish at Westhaven Marina.
The wine was settled on, and although the weather was fine enough, there were a few showers lingering, but the covers were up on the outside seating and the heaters on, so all good. Warm ponchos were provided if the patrons were not quite warm enough outside…wow…well done!!
The menu was perused (good word huh?) and decisions made. The whitebait fritter was fantastic as was the dessert that tempted the pallate for “afters”, along with the coffee. Just hit the spot!!
So The Billfish right in Auckland Central, is now somewhere to be recommended, although I still DO prefer Auckland city in the weekend when there are not so many people around and not so much traffic to fight rather than going in during the week!!
…..and while Franklin still does have pretty much all we could hope for, it is nice to see what is happening, now and then, in other parts of the supercity, and when you have good friends to spend the time with, that is even better.
Once again, the city centre is only (usually) a 40 minute drive from Franklin (depending on which part you are in), so one can be amongst the bustle in next to no time, or head out to Franklin from the city centre and have a few deep breathes of fresh rural, country air to revive the soul!
Blow the cobwebs away at Kariotahi or Port Waikato black sand beaches, relax at one of our day spas or just do a tikky tour to see what we are all about.
Whichever way you go – Franklin to Auckland. or Auckland to Franklin, you will find something to talk about and things to do!