Weekend Itinerary: VISIT FRANKLIN: RECONNECT WITH THE LAND, THE RIVER AND NATURE
Just 45 mins drive from the CBD, the Franklin district offers you the perfect weekend opportunity to relax, recharge and reconnect with the land, the river and nature. Stop off in Waiuku at the Kentish Hotel for a meal and travel up to the Awhitu Regional Park in your motorhome or to camp in this idyllic spot replete with toilets, BBQs and amazing fishing spots.
Visit the Manukau Heads Lighthouse or take your 4WD to Hamilton’s Gap for the ultimate ride over sand dunes. If you want more luxury, you can eat, play and stay at Castaways Resort at the incredible Kariotahi Beach or wine and dine in exquisite surroundings at Awhitu wines.
The next day, take a cruise to see the sea lions, waterfalls and rare birds aboard the Rahtihi which is moored in Waiuku Harbour. Be sure to stop off at Leafy Hollow Lavender and take a picnic to the Waiuku Forest or visit the Pollock Arts Cooperative to take some souvenirs home.
Day 1: Kentish Hotel, Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Awhitu Regional Park, Castaways Resort
Day 2: Rahtihi, Hamilton’s Gap, Leafy Hollow Lavender, Awhitu Wines
Day 3: Waiuku Forest, Pollock Arts Cooperative