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Pukekohe is small enough to hear friendly local banter but big enough to source just about anything you need. Meet the passionate veggie growers who live in the area at the Franklin Market on Sunday. Bring a hamper, share a yarn with the stallholders and leave room in your belly for delicious street food.
Time may slow down here, but locals know how to crank up the speed when the time is right. Get in on the action at the Pukekohe Park Raceway, home to Auckland Thoroughbred Racing and premier motor racing.
Want more adrenaline? Spookers in Karaka is a must-do for thrill-seekers, and even has its own sign posted along State Highway 1. Hold on to your friends as you get chased down by chainsaw-wielding actors on a horror-filled tour of a former psychiatric hospital.
Channel your serenity by meandering the paths and peaceful watergarden around Mauku Waterfall, a stunning spotregardless of the season. For a bigger adventure, take the family out to enjoy pristine clifftop views, secret bays and a historic lighthouse on the Āwhitu Peninsula.
Looking for a family outing? Treat the kids for a ride aboard a restored steam train on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, a 15km trip that meanders through the countryside.
With all this fresh country air, it’s no wonder the Franklin district is a prime spot for golfers. Pukekohe Golf Club is a favourite for its pristine greens and views of the rolling countryside.
For a more aromatic experience, head to CCT Lavender Farm & Café in Karaka. Wander between fragrant rows of lavender in the Instagram-worthy fields made especially sweet with an ice cream in hand.
Location Te wāhi
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Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
It takes 40 minutes to an hour to drive from Pukekohe to the central city, and 25-30 to Manukau City.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Enjoy lunch outdoors at Ernie's Reserve, a picnic-worthy spot with its own pond. The local ducks are a quack up to watch!