Just off the beaten track, Pōkeno is a delightful detour you won’t want to miss. Get ready to fill up on their infamous ice creams and bacon – sounds weird, but trust us, it’s a tasty mix. If you’re into local finds, make sure to hit up the Franklin Markets. They’ve got over 70 stalls loaded with local goodies, art, and crafts every Sunday.
Plus, Pōkeno’s community vibe is amazing, with a market square and historic town hall getting a fresh makeover. So yes, Pōkeno’s not just a quick stop – it’s a cool slice of Kiwi culture.
Sightseeing #1: Mt William Walkway
Ready to stretch those legs? The Mt William Walkway is calling your name. This isn’t just any trail – it takes you through wide-open farmland and native bush that’s making a comeback. And the views? You’ll see Waikato, Franklin, and even bits of Auckland from up here. Sure, it’s a bit of a climb, peaking at 373 metres, but once you’re standing at the top looking out over everything, you’ll know it was worth it. Oh, and keep in mind it’s a sheep farm, so there might be closures during lambing season!
Sightseeing #2: Pokeno Waterfall
Now, let’s head over to Pokeno Village. Tucked away here is the Pokeno Waterfall, or as some call it, Leathams Stream Waterfall. It might not be the tallest waterfall you’ve ever seen, but its charm lies in the tranquil atmosphere and lush surroundings. It’s a slice of paradise for photographers and the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll. Plus, it’s just a short walk from the car park, so you can easily take a moment to sit back, relax and soak up the peaceful setting.