South of Auckland
, Franklin Country reaches from the black sands of the west coast
to the Firth of Thames in the east. Franklin is a delight to explore, with wide open landscapes, spectacular scenery and country hospitality with a touch of city sophistication. The main towns of Franklin country are Pukekohe
, known for its cafés and market gardens, and historic Waiuku
, where the colonial pub is a favourite local watering hole.
Beyond Waiuku, at the tip of Awhitu Peninsula, lies the Manukau Heads with its spectacular ocean views. South of Pukekohe, Tuakau
enjoys a quiet country charm, or visit Port Waikato
, where the mighty Waikato
River flows out to sea. You can fish for flounder or take a stroll on Port Waikato
’s sandy ocean beach. Thrill-seekers can head to Mercer
for a skydiving adventure, while nature lovers will find themselves at home in tiny Miranda
. The town is close to some wonderful birdwatching on the Firth of Thames, and afterwards, you can enjoy a soak in Miranda’s hot springs.