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.

Check out our photos and ideas here

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

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Autumn is here – and no slowing down!!

P1000532 Autumn is officially upon us but that doesn’t slow things down here in Franklin Country – a region also known as Auckland’s Southern playground – where Auckland meets the Waikato!!

For those car and vintage vehicle enthusiasts, Franklin’s main town of Pukekohe is home again to the ever popular Swap Meet, where all things vehicle related should be able to be found – whether in the original state or a reproduction, there should be something there and very likely all manner of other items too. Should be THE place to be!!
Model A

Bombay 150th poster

Following on from that, over the next weekend, is the celebration of Franklin’s Bombay area. Another part of our district will be having a ball showcasing the 150 years of Bombay,

March 14th 2015
Bombay Family Festival, open to all, no entry charge.
10am to 3pm in the Bombay School grounds.
Farmers market, bouncy castle, Clydesdale cart rides, unicycles, tractor displays, face painting, historical displays and refreshments.

Bombay the shipBook sales: ‘They came by ship’ the history of the first 100 years of the district, and ‘Bombay, the next 50yrs’ telling the stories of the families, clubs, farms and businesses of Bombay between 1965 and 2015.
This Family Fun day is being held as part of Bombay’s 150th Anniversary Weekend, so come along dressed up 1860’s style and you may win a prize.

Should be a great weekend for all –

FRIDAY
Mix & Mingle
Venue: Bombay Rugby Club
Time: Evening
SATURDAY
Fun Run & Family Festival
Venue: Bombay School
The Pioneers Settlers Fun Run will start the day with a festival atmosphere growing as we celebrate success of fun run entrants. We envision games, food and fun activities for the whole family! Local Stalls/Farmers Market, Athletics, Old School Races (Egg & Spoon, Sack Races), Ethnic Foods, Vintage Tractors, Photobooths, Displays, Olden day Dressups/Photos, Facepainting. Ideas and input welcome!
SATURDAY NIGHT
Dinner & Guest Speaker
Venue: Bombay School Hall
SUNDAY
Church Service
Historical Bus Tour/Scavenger Hunt
With the help of local/school families, we would love to put together an ‘Amazing Race’ type challenge for families/teams to be a part of. This could be a really exciting way for us all to learn about our wider community and what it was like in years gone by.

……but wait – there’s more!!
If you haven’t already decided to book some accommodation and enjoy a great few weeks, this may help you to decide ……
Touchwood sign

we have our very own Taste Franklin happening, This should be an amazing event showcasing the wonderful food that we produce right here on the edge of Auckland!
Fish - Taste Franklin

Us locals know that we live in an area that grows, produces, cooks, carves up, bakes and ferments some of the very best stuff that we consume here in Godzone yet do you always buy locally? What about people moving into the area – do they know what’s available? Do you know about cheesemakers, butchers, growers, breadmakers, fishermen, winemakers and brewers plus so many other culinary magicians that are found around the corner, a few streets down, or a short drive away (we are semi-rural after all)..

Check out the newsbeat piece here about this event.

So if you hadn’t considered Franklin – (where Auckland meets the Waikato) before now, this IS the time to get on over to our patch and celebrate – history, our own home-grown everything and so much more

Franklin’s busy few weeks plus….

So – it’s been a pretty crazy few weeks or so with various things happening in the Franklin region (as previously blogged!)
targa-race-puke-2014
We’ve had the ever popular car enthusiasts Swap Meet, the Targa race, and a wee while ago, a get to gether at the Mercer Airport – yes that’s right, Mercer Airport.

Thanks to some of the local property owners/developers, Neil and Dee, Mercer now has what used to be the “Auto Dome Motorcourt” building as it’s airport headquarters. A few weeks back they hosted

Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) who landed 38 light aircraft at Mercer Airport recently and spent the night at the airport, dining at the Tuakau Hotel. The airmen and their spouses had spent the week flying around the North Island

Mercer Airport 2014
Mercer Airport 2

Over this weekend just gone, (1st and 2nd March) the swap meet and the Targa race were on the agenda – and what a great weekend for them both too!
Swap Meet 1 2014
Some fantastic classic cars were on show at the Meet!
swap meet classic cars 2014

So keep an eye on Franklin to see what is happening here soon…….
(And a special thanks to our wonderful Rex for the photos!!)

A busy time!

Once again Pukekohe is set to be the place to be for car enthusiasts!

swap meet picThis weekend (Saturday 1st March and Sunday 2nd March) will be home to many who are looking for a bargain at the local Swap Meet. This year is the 37th annual meet and is a source of great….no – HUGE interest for anyone looking to get parts for their do-ups, or wanting to buy a classic or Hot Rod vehicle.
The saying of “One man’s rubbish is another man’s gold” is very appropriate here!

The Pukekohe Showgrounds is the venue, and it’s an early start for those who are really serious about either selling or buying. Be prepared!

IMG_0271The kids are catered for too, with Thomas the Tank Engine making a great excuse for a day out over both days this weekend.
If that doesn’t grab you, head to the Possum Bourne Reserve on Paerata Road, for the Gypsy Travellers Fair – or you may just be able to fit everything in as they are all over two days!
Get out into the sunshine (hopefully) and experience Franklin Country!!

Then it’s only a matter of weeks before THE event – the V8 Supercars. V8's 2014
Pukekohe will be buzzing over the weekend of 24 – 27 April with the ITM 500 series V8 Supercars.
Although this weekend is the marking of ANZAC day, the drivers and staff from the racing teams are said to be attending the ANZAC service and have the support of RSA New Zealand, on this.
For those who are interested in the $$ side of things – last year, the V8’s had a monetary impact on the GDP of $7.4 mil, with over 117,000 attendees and broadcasts to 135 countries – so that is pretty darn huge!
We are a nation/world of racing nutters and the rivalry between the Aussies and New Zealanders is always fierce!

Watch this space in Franklin for any updates or see our facebook page or the V8 website

Much of our regions accommodation has already been taken but there may still be a few beds around if anyone is looking, and the possibility of another campground being operated for the event.
Then of course we have heaps of eating places – whether it’s KFC, Subway or a restaurant style, our website will be able to give you some ideas.

So there you go…..just a couple of things to think about, if you haven’t already!