Pukekohe is 50 kms south of Auckland City, and situated between the southern shore of the Manukau Harbour and the mouth of the Waikato River. With a population of 28,000, Pukekohe is the largest town in the surrounding district. While servicing the significant horticultural and farming areas beyond the township, Pukekohe has matured into a delightful retail and service centre. The busy central business district has boutique-style shopping and services that one would expect from much larger centres.

As a lifestyle destination, Pukekohe has much to offer. The district is home to a variety of sporting, cultural and artistic events; motor sport, horseracing, agricultural shows, equestrian events, antique shows and art exhibitions. Similarly, the weekly country markets in Pukekohe and Pokeno are extremely popular, as the fertile volcanic soil and warm moist climate supports a large horticultural and dairy industry. Indeed, the Pukekohe long keeper onion is world famous.

Historically, the Pukekohe region bore witness to numerous skirmishes between European settlers and Maori. One such battle was fought at Pukekohe East between eleven settlers barricaded in the local church, and a number of Maori from the Waikato area. Musket fire reverberated for days before the battle ended. Interestingly, the church still exists today, complete with bullet holes which are still visible in the building’s exterior cladding.

Among the famous sons and daughters of Pukekohe are: Peter (Possum) Bourne (rally car driver), Madonna Harris (multi-sports champion), Allan Wilson (molecular biologist), Jonah Lomu (All Black) and Ron Wai Shing (first Chinese New Zealander to stand for Parliament).

The people of Pukekohe have an appreciation of cooperative spirit, a proud history and a determination for achievement; all prerequisites and vital ingredients for a healthy community. To find out more about Pukekohe, call the knowledgeable team at Harcourts Pukekohe today.