WHAT TO DO IN FRANKLIN
Come stay with us and explore what Franklin has to offer
Held in the public carpark on Massey Avenue and runs every Saturday from 8am to 12pm selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, cheeses, local preserves, clothing, tools and much more. For more info visit here.
Held in a large paddock on Great South Road in the heart of Pokeno Village, just 20 minutes from Villa Te Soro. It runs every Sunday from 8am to 12pm and sells a selection of fresh food, flowers, plants, art, jewellery and more. For more info visit here.
The Clevedon Village Farmers Market
Held at Clevedon Showgrounds every Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm. This beautiful country market offers seasonal fruit, vegetables, plants and delicious food stalls for you to enjoy. We recommend you go with an empty stomach! Located 40 minutes away by car. For more info visit here.
Hampton Downs is a world class motorsport park and events centre and home to the biggest events in New Zealand. From races to experiences, you can even ride in a race car. For more info visit here.
Awhitu Penisula and Manukau Heads Lighthouse
Manukau Heads Lighthouse is one of the few visitor-accessible lighthouses in New Zealand and the view from the top is simply spectacular. Located approximately an hour from Villa Te Soro we recommend you take a leisurely drive up the Awhitu Peninsula, enjoying the breath-taking views of the countryside, Tasman Ocean and Manukau Harbour as you go. For more info visit here.
Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku
Head out to the wild West Coast and dig your toes into the black sand of Karioitahi Beach, just a 20 minute drive from Villa Te Soro.
Sunset Beach, Port Waikato
Take a 40 minute drive out to the small rural town of Port Waikato and enjoy a walk or drive along Sunset Beach and a coffee at Sylvia’s café.
Wrights water gardens
Enjoy a stroll through a picturesque water garden featuring ponds, winding pathways and the iconic Mauku Waterfall. There is also a lovely cafe located here. For more info visit here.