Pukekohe is a town located 50km south of the Auckland CBD, famous for Pukekohe Park which hosts counties thoroughbred racing and motor sport.  Peter "Possum" Bourne, a champion rally car driver was born in Pukekohe and died tragically in a non-competitive car crash in Dunedin.  His statue takes pride of place in the Pukekohe town square.

With Peter "Possum" Bourne
On a Saturday morning the Franklin Market is open in the public car park on Massey Avenue from 8am to noon.  You can find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to preserves and jewellery.

Checking out the market stalls
Wrights Watergardens in Patumahoe is a ten minute drive from Pukekohe.   The Watergardens are built around the historic Mauku Waterfall.  During the 1800s a huge waterwheel sat at the top of the waterfall and powered the flax mill beside it.  Nowadays it's a beautiful 4-acre garden boasting waterlilies, lotus and arum lilies. 


Water gardens

Mauku Waterfall

The onsite cafe serves all day breakfast and a wide selection of hot food and desserts.  It's a great place for a family day out.


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