Franklin: coast to coast charm

'There's no end of things to do in the "White City".'


Manukau Heads Lighthouse atop the Āwhitu Peninsula. © NAZABB Photography

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Golflands Motel Visit website

21 modern, fully equipped, spacious units, studio to 2-bedroom. Underfloor heating. Guests comment on high standard of cleanliness. Alongside 10th green Pakuranga Country Club. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Auckland to Coromandel: a kid-friendly road trip

Travelling the less-sandy side of the Coromandel Peninsula with no plans and a child on board. What could possibly go wrong?  Read the story . . . 

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Knightsbridge Motor Lodge Visit website

34 modern ground-floor units. Walking distance to MIT, 15 minutes to the airport. Close to Hunters Plaza Shopping Centre and swimming pools. . . . More . . . 

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Budget Travellers Inn Visit website

Ideally located close to Auckland Airport and 1.5km to Rainbow's End Theme Park, Manukau Shopping Centre, restaurants, cinemas, tenpin bowling, greyhound racing and more. . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

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Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Your leisure, our pleasure. A friendly family holiday park. Only 5 minutes walk to safe beach, fishing or boating. Kayaks available. . . . More . . . 

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Mercer Backpackers Visit website

Historic Mercer Hotel Backpackers is at Mercer Airport on Koheroa Rd between SH 1 at Mercer and SH 2 at Mangatawhiri. . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

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Aveda Motor Lodge Visit website

Aveda Motor Lodge provides superb new motel accommodation in Pukekohe and offers guests a range of comfortable suites - from studio to 1 and 2-bedrooms. . . . More . . . 

Pokeno Motel Visit website

Opened October 2007. Situated just 2 minutes off the Southern Motorway at the base of the Bombay Hills. Ideal stopover before or after you negotiate . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

South Auckland stroll

The best way to introduce yourself to a new area is to take a stroll with a local. The tips and places you will visit will depend on that local’s personal experience Read the story . . . 

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Tuakau Hotel Visit website

Let historic Tuakau Hotel's elegance embrace you. Each of the 10 hotel rooms and 6 apartments has its own climate control to suit your personal needs. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Five excellent days out with kids in Auckland

We've got another five great ideas for getting out with the kids around Auckland... Read the story . . . 

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