Staying

There is a good variety of accommodation to be found in Puhoi. Hotel accommodation is located in the heart of the village and there is some unique accommodation on the outskirts of Puhoi. Staying at a backcountry lodge is the perfect way to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in a spectacular natural setting.

But no matter where you choose to stay, you are sure to receive a warm welcome.

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See & Do

Puhoi is a great destination for the whole family so close to Auckland, New Zealand.

Learn about local history and how Puhoi came about by visiting Puhoi heritage highlights. Enjoy good food and nice drinks, have fun kayaking or canoeing the Puhoi River and experience the excitement of an off road adventure. Puhoi also has great accommodation options for those who want to experience all Puhoi has to offer.

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History

Puhoi Historic Village is so close to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, but a world away.

 

Puhoi is one of two ethnic historic villages in New Zealand with the second being Akaroa, which is close to Christchurch and settled by the French in the 1840’s.

 

In 1863, the early settlers of Puhoi came from Bohemia, an area of what is now the Czech Republic. After a long voyage the settlers arrived in Auckland before being taken by sailing cutter to the mouth of the Puhoi River. They were transferred to Maori canoes for the last four miles of their 124 days long journey.

 

The settlers were dumped in a wilderness vastly different from what they had expected and felt despondent and let down.

Initially firewood was the sole trading commodity. It took a lot of effort for little gain but they had no choice but to take what little was on offer. By 1870 there were several hundred head of cattle which provided them with meat, hides and bullocks for coupling together to move logs and for general haulage.

 

Read more about the history of Puhoi on www.puhoihistoricalsociety.org.nz.

 

For more information:

 

Pūhoi, up the boohai – Audio Guide to Puhoi by Roadside Stories

 

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About

Puhoi is one of two ethnic historic villages in New Zealand with the second being Akaroa, which is close to Christchurch. In 1863, the early settlers of Puhoi came from Bohemia, an area of what is now the Czech Republic. By the sheer hard work and determination of them all, Puhoi survived and eventually prospered.

 

Today, Puhoi remains a small village and retains much of it’s special character and because of this it is a great place to visit. Learn about local history and how Puhoi came about. Enjoy good food and nice drinks, have fun kayaking or canoeing the Puhoi River and experience the excitement of an off road adventure. Puhoi also has great accommodation options for those who want to experience all Puhoi has to offer.

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