Weekend Itinerary: VISIT FRANKLIN: RECONNECT WITH THE LAND, THE RIVER AND NATURE
VISIT FRANKLIN! An undiscovered part of south Auckland and North Waikato, starting at Papakura and stretching as far east as Miranda, as far West as Awhitu, and south as far as Hampton Downs and Waikaritu.
The Franklin district offers you the perfect weekend opportunity to relax, recharge and reconnect with the land, the Waikato river, and nature.
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.
If you exploring the Waikato River is something you’ve always wanted to do, check out Discovery River Cruises.
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