Puhoi Heritage Trail


A walking guide to Puhoi Village’s historical sites with maps and brief notes to points of interest.

1. Shrine

Erected for the 90-year celebrations in 1953 in memory of the settlers.

2. Convent School

Built in 1923 in competition with the Public School (11), closed in 1964 because of a falling roll. Now houses the Museum.

3. Convent

Opened 29th June 1923 as residence for the Sisters who taught at the Convent School. Closed 1964 with the Convent School.

4. Second presbytery

Built in 1906 as parish priest’s residence.

5. Church of Saints Peter and Paul

Opened 10th August 1881, built by the community led by John Wenzlick.
Read more about the Puhoi Catholic Church 

6. Site of the first presbytery

Built circa 1877, ultimately demolished.

7. Grove of trees planted in 1953

Part of the 90-year celebrations, planted by descendants of the pioneers to beautify the church grounds.

8. Hall

Puhoi Town Hall, opened Easter Monday 1900, renamed Centennial Hall in 1963.
Read more about the Puhoi Centennial Hall

9. Landing Site

Memorial erected in 1988 to commemorate the site where two nikau whare (huts) were built to house the first settlers.

10.First Post Office/Teacher’s House

A school house stood on this site from 1874. Captain Krippner was the village’s first postmaster (the Post Office was housed here), and his wife the first teacher. The present house was built in 1884.

11. Site of the first Public School

Built in 1872, and closed in 1923 when the competing Convent School opened. It later served as the village hall. The building there now was originally a wharf shed.

12. Store

The first store on this site was opened in 1878 by John Schollum. Destroyed by fire in 1939, and replaced by the present store.
Read more about Puhoi Village Store 

13. Roads Board Office/Library

Erected circa 1913 to house the Roads Board, empowered to rate residents in order to finance road building. In 1923 it became the Library, but the contents were destroyed in the 1924 flood. It reopened as a Library in 1976.
Read more about Puhoi Town Library

14. Site of the Wharf and Wharf Sheds

The wharf was Puhoi’s lifeline (photo 4) until the main road improved in the 1920’s. A regular service brought supplies and took produce to the Auckland market. In the 1924 flood, one wharf shed floated away and sank. The other now stands on the opposite side of the road.
Read more about Historic Wharf

15. Puhoi Hotel

A hotel on this site opened in 1879. It was replaced by the present building in 1900. The current Hotel Bar contains a display of artefacts and historical photos.
Read more about Puhoi Hotel

16. Hotel Stables

The first hotel in Puhoi opened in 1876. Various stable buildings, essential in the days of horse drawn traffic, have been on this site since then.

17. Site of Saleyards and Cattle Dip

The first cattle sale was held in Puhoi on September 29th 1877 in a paddock. The saleyards were opened around the turn of the century. All cattle moving south had to be dipped at Puhoi to eradicate tick. This cattle dip was opened around 1922.

18. Site of the first Tennis Courts

Widely used during the 1920’s, these courts were subject to persistent flooding. The new courts in the domain opened in 1948. Puhoi River Motors now occupies the site.

19. Bullock-drawn Dray

As used for early bush clearance.
Read more about Log Dray

20. Site of Schischka Boarding House and Store

A large two storey building opened here in 1876. The boarding house closed during the Great Depression.

21. Puhoi Cottage

Built 1907 as a homestead. Now a café.
Read more about Puhoi Cottage and Tea Rooms

22. Cemetery

Land was designated from the first days of settlement, and bylaws drawn up in 1892. Most pioneers are buried in the cemetery.
Read more about Cemetery
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Historic Wharf

historic-wharf_470Come to Puhoi by boat, but check the tide first

River traffic was once vital for Puhoi. All income generated by the growing village once depended on trade with Auckland. So, around 1880 a first small wharf was built on the river bank to enable a steamer to tie up. This was replaced by a more substantial structure, which included two solid storage sheds. The great flood of 1924 swept away the Puhoi wharf, but a smaller commemorative structure was built where the original wharf was situated.

Now, the Puhoi Historical wharf is one of the wharves and jetties linking Auckland with the coastal communities of Rodney. The wharf, seven kilometres inland, connects Puhoi to sea by providing a safe mooring for small crafts as well as kayaks.

Puhoi Heritage Museum

Learn about the history of Puhoi at the Heritage Museum

Discover the most curious things at the museum: historic tools and equipment, household items, clothing. There also is an impressive scale model of the village as it was in 1900. Study Puhoi’s history, genealogical records and view archived photographs in the Records Room.

Visiting the Puhoi Heritage Museum

Do you want to visit the Puhoi Heritage Museum? An adult ticket costs $5.00 and school aged children visiting the museum with their family have free admission.

Guided Village Tours

Arrangements can be made for Guided Village Tours for groups (minimum of 10). The village tour includes a visit to the museum, the church and other historic sites. Reservations can be made using the contact form below. A guided tour costs $5.00 per person.

Opening hours

The Puhoi Heritage Museum is open daily from 12pm to 3pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

For more information:

  • visit or
  • contact the museum on 09 4220852
  • send a message using the contact form.

Puhoi Town Library

library-mediumThe small white concrete building on the Puhoi river bank has been used as a venue for meetings, first aid post, mortuary and a small craft outlet. Today is serves as the Puhoi town library. Get inside and browse through the over 4,500 items.

Back in 1913 the building was erected and ten years later the Puhoi Road Board gave it to the Puhoi people. It was then in 1923 when the Puhoi Town Library was established. Sadly enough the library was filled with 6ft of silt after the the “Great Flood” in 1924.

It was only in 1977 when the building was re-established as the library of Puhoi. Flooded once again in 2001 the library now has over 4,500 items all of which have been donated.

Library opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 11am-1pm
Wednesday 11am – 1pm
Thursday 12pm-2pm
Friday 10am-2pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm
Sunday 10am – 2pm

Puhoi Catholic Church

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe beautiful Catholic church in the heart of Puhoi is officially called the “Church of Saints Peter and Paul”. It was built in 1880 and opened in 1881. The wooden church has 22 stained glass windows and the altar painting is an exact copy of the one in the church in Bohemia, the Puhoi settlers’ homeland.

Holy Mass Times

Sunday 8.30 am
Wednesday 9.00 am

Getting married

The church is very popular for couples to get married. The Church Booking Fee is $750 which includes a refundable bond of $250 (as some people leave the church needing professional cleaners) and you can book the Puhoi church online here.

Puhoi Hotel


Famous historic Puhoi Pub and Hotel, right in the heart of the village.

Book your stay

For more information:

contact the hotel on 09 422 0812 or
send a message using the contact form below.


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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