Slow Water Trading Post


Authentic Native American Jewellery in the heart of Puhoi


Slow Water Trading’s jewelry is a mixture of the Zuni and Navajo tribes, the beadwork is also Cherokee, the Turquoise is from the New Mexico and Arizona region. Turquoise is the birthstone of December and is believed by the Native Americans to be the stone of love and that it will produce happy thoughts by those who wear it.

We also carry a selection of mountain T-shirts, clothing from California, cards, posters.


See our Facebook page for latest special offers and new arrivals.

Opening hours

Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Monday – Friday 11am on


For more information:

Puhoi General Store


For all your general grocery needs plus great coffee and fish and chips


Visit the Village Store which carries a great selection of groceries, Puhoi coffee from locally owned boutique coffee roastery, delicious sandwiches, cakes, pies and breads from award winning artisan Matakana Patisserie, a large range of Mustardmakers’ sauces and marinades, mustards and dressings or top class fish and chips.


Opening hours

Daily for your convenience 7 am – 7 pm


For more information:

  • contact the Nick or Jo on 09 422 0818 or
  • send a message using the contact form.

Getting There

From Auckland by car

When travelling from Auckland to Puhoi you have a choice between using the Northern Gateway Toll Road – an extension of State Highway 1- or the free alternative.

By Coach

Why not travel in style and see the the amazing adventure trips offered by Kiwi Experience tours

Using Northern Gateway Toll Road

Take Northern Motorway 1 north. As you get out of the tunnel it’s another kilometer to get to the Puhoi turn-off. Turn left to Puhoi and after one kilometer you’re there.

For payment options go to the Northern Gateway Toll Road wesbite

Using a free alternative scenic route

Heading north towards Whangarei on State Highway 1, take exit 394 towards Orewa, the last exit before the toll road begins.

  • take the first exit at the roundabout after 2 kilometer
  • turn left at the traffic lights onto the Hibiscus Coast Highway after 1 kilometer
  • After 9 kilometers you’re back onto State Highway 1
  • Turn left to Puhoi and after one kilometer you’re there

From Whangarei by car

The Puhoi exit is approximately 15 kilometers south of Warkworth on State Highway 1.

Log Dray

log-dray_470Log drays played a very important role in early days of Puhoi. These wagons pulled by 12 bullocks were used to move heavy logs out of the bush down to the banks of the Puhoi River ready to be towed to Auckland.

One of the few surviving drays and its shelter was moved back to Puhoi. After the restoration of the dray and shelter it was officially opened in 2006.

Also the log on the dray tells a story. It sunk to the bed of the river in the early days. After it was retrieved it was transported and secured onto the dray.

Puhoi Lookout Track

Rising a spectacular 100 metres above the historic Puhoi village is the Puhoi Loop Track. The track takes approximately 40 minutes and will lead you up through bush and grasslands to a highpoint overlooking Puhoi village.

Opened in early 2008 the Puhoi Lookout Loop is the first step connecting Te Araroa’s route north from Puhoi to Remiger Road.

Te Araroa

Te Araroa is one of world’s longest hiking trails. The over 3,000 kilometers long track runs from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south. Visit Te Araroa’s website to find out more.

Dunn Bush Track

Part of the Te Araroa trail is the Arthur Dunn Bush Track. This 5 kilometer long track through mature bush and farmland starts at the intersection of Ahuroa Road and Remiger Road.

Parts of the walk is over private land, so please be respectful of this and keep to marked tracks and don’t disturb the stock.

Alternatively, start at the junction of Tolhopf and Ahuroa Road and go the extra 4 kilometer down Ahuroa road towards Puhoi. Don’t forget to stop at the Puhoi Cottage and Tea Rooms for a well deserved drink.

Te Araroa

Te Araroa is one of world’s longest hiking trails. The over 3,000 kilometers long track runs from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south. Visit Te Araroa’s website to find out more.

Walking and Hiking

hikingGet out there and enjoy the views, habitats and landscape that Puhoi and surrounds offer. The two selected trails below are very different and both part of the Te Araroa trail, one of world’s longest hiking trails.

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cemetery_470The graves of many of Puhoi’s pioneers are found in the cemetery which is located on the outskirts of the village on the road to Ahuroa.

The land was allocated for the cemetery right from the first days of the settlement. However it was unfenced and the very early graves were becoming lost in undergrowth and the original simple wooden crosses were deteriorating and becoming illegible by the time a public meeting was called in Puhoi in 1892 to have it tidied up and to adopt proper bylaws.

In the early days the coffin would be carried by the pall bearers without pause from the church to the cemetery followed by the procession of mourners.In 1922 a long desired hearse was obtained resplendent with brass knobs and railings, plumes and glass doors which was drawn by the two horses normally pulling the Puhoi to Ahuroa mail coach.

Puhoi Centennial Hall

Puhoi’s Centennial hall is a valued and historic part of the village. It is maintained and run by the community and is the hub for a number of regular events. These include concerts, art exhibitions, dances, garages sales and community meetings.


The hall was opened on Easter Monday 1900. One of the first functions was a dance to raise funds for the cricket club. Functions from then on included regular dances, silent movies, weddings and boxing nights. In later years the Catholic Balls became an annual event.


Centennial Hall Facilities

The Puhoi Hall is available for hire, facilities include:


  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Bar area
  • Outdoor patio area
  • Heating
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Stage and lighting
  • PA System
  • Piano
  • Indoor/Outdoor chairs and tables (approx. 250)


Cost for hiring the hall

Hall Hire per hour $ 20.00
Hall Hire per half day (morning 9-1pm/afternoon 1-5pm:up to 4hrs) $ 75.00
Hall hire per full day (8am – 5pm)* $ 150.00
Hall Hire per Evening hire (5pm – 12pm)* $ 250.00
Hall Hire per Evening Event Hire* (includes Sat setup/event evening until 12pm/Sun morning clean-up)* $ 450.00
Hall Hire for Funeral* $ 200.00
Hall Hire for Wedding* (9am day prior to event to 11am day following event)* $1000.00
Event Bond Payment * Hall Hire (Cash only no exception) plus sighted credit card details included on Hire Agreement to cover hall excess insurance $ 500.00
Corporate Bond Payment – plus sighted credit card details included on Hire Agreement to cover Hall excess insurance $1000.00

PA System $30

Stage/Concert Lighting $30

$ 30.00

$ 30.00

Out Hire

Trestle Tables

Plastic Outdoor Chairs Hire

$ 5.00

$ 1.50


* – Bond Payment required

To negotiate discounted rates for local fund raising events please make application 1 month prior to event.

The hirer or authorised representative must sign the Puhoi Centennial Hire Agreement and adhere to the terms and conditions.

Take a look at our Facebook page for pictures of recent events etc.

For more information and bookings contact Maria Williams on 0212362248. Support the hall and become a member. For information about becoming a member or to send us a message, please use the contact form below.

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