Belmont Park, Pukekohe is part of Auckland's Southern Country - a region that extends between Beachlands down to Miranda and across to the Awhitu Peninsula and down to the top part of the Waikato. The region has many places to explore and experience, including the magnificent views from the Awhitu Lighthouse and the Nikau Caves to the northwest, the Miranda Hot Pools and numerous bush walks in the reserves around Kaiauia to the southeast. Foodies can indulge themselves with the mozzarella cheese beside the Duder Regional Park, or the locally grown fruit and veges at Bombay, the artisan breads in Pukekohe, the olive oil at Simunovich's or the numerous vineyards that sprinkle the area.
Open from 5.30am until late, Pukekohe’s Franklin Pool & Leisure on Franklin Road is the premier gym and indoor swimming centre in Pukekohe. Meanwhile, Pukekohe Netball Centre is home to a population of over 1670 playing members from ages 7-60 with more than 3000 people visiting the pavilion and 15 courts every Saturday.
Franklin Arts Centre in Pukekohe provides a space for the local community to experience visual arts on a year round basis through two gallery spaces - one specifically for local artists, providing a platform for the sale of their work; while the New Zealand Steel Gallery provides a professionally curated space which features the work of nationally and internationally known artists in exhibitions for durations of six weeks.
The Counties Function Centre is situated in Pukekohe Park, home to the Counties Racing Club and the internationally renowned V8 motor racing track, Pukekohe Park. Further to the south, Hampton Downs and Drag Racing at Meremere are also exciting draw cards for motor racing enthusiasts.
Pukekohe Golf Course was established in 1912 and co-hosts the Auckland Southern Country Golf Challenge annually in October . The challenge involves a four day golf tournament spread over the Pukekohe, Whitford, Onewhero and Clarks Beach Golf Clubs where each course is played once.
To the north, the pony clubs and horse facilities of Karaka are always popular while Spookers - New Zealand's all year round Haunted Attraction will scare the pants off you.
Families living at Belmont Park are spoilt for choice when it comes to schooling options. Local primary schools include Pukekohe Hill Primary, Pukekohe North Primary School, Valley Primary School, and St Joseph’s School. A new primary school is also planned to be established within the development.
For older children, Pukekohe Intermediate caters for years 7-8, while Pukekohe High School caters for years 9-13. Pukehoke Christian School caters across years 1-13 and teaches the Cambridge curriculum to all year levels. Further afield, the renowned ACG Strathallan Primary and College in Karaka have strong reputations for academic excellence, catering for years 1 -13 inclusive.
Pukekohe Station was revamped and the existing heritage building refurbished in 2017 to facilitate the growth of a new public transport network for the greater Franklin area. New station facilities link bus stops with the existing rail platform. Commuter parking spaces and cycle parking has been provided along with improved connections to the local road and footpath networks. A ‘Drop and Ride’ area, passenger waiting area, six bay bus interchange and toilets, plus a 'Park and Ride' facility for 87 vehicles were important additions.
Regular commuter trains and Stagecoach bus services run from Pukekohe train station via Papakura to the Central Business District of Auckland daily.