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.

Welcome

Puhoi is situated on the beautiful Puhoi River and is one of New Zealand’s historic villages. It was originally settled in 1863 by immigrants from Bohemia, an area which is now the Czech Republic. Situated 40km north of Auckland, and the gateway to Matakana Coast & Country.

Looking from the park to the Town Library

Puhoi retains much of its Bohemian atmosphere and culture, with vibrant contributions from residents from across the world. The story of it’s settlement is well documented by the Heritage Museum.

The Puhoi Pub, with eclectic artifacts and colourful characters, is not to be missed, as well as the century-old Church,the Town Library , and our Hall

Contact Us

 

This site is maintained by Mike Swain and Jenny Neel. It is run as a volunteer effort for the Puhoi community. Please let us know of any inaccuracies or problems (broken links etc) – obviously we do our best to keep everything tickety-boo !

We welcome contributions to the site relevant to the Puhoi community. Simply use the contact form below to send us any news or event items for the PuhoiNZ site (or phone Mike on 09 4220478).

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