Pukekohe is a city in New Zealand with 21,500 inhabitants (as of June 30, 2005). It lies on the northern island of the country in the region between Auckland Manukau Harbor and the mouth of the Waikato River about 50 kilometers south of the city of Auckland. The city, founded in the 1860s, the rural administrative and economic center of the Franklin District. Predominant economic activities are horticulture and dairy farming. The name "puke-kohe" comes from the people living there Māori and means "hill of Kohekohe". The city itself has a high school and a rugby stadium. There are performed horse racing and motor sport events.