The 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.
The 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.
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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.
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.
After having visited the historic buildings and sites in Puhoi or having peddled up the Puhoi river a soft drink, cold beer or a nice lunch will do just nicely. Puhoi offers its visitors various places to enjoy some good food and drink.
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.
Matakana Coast and Country has a brand new regional website showcasing the wider area, of which Puhoi is the southern tip. The website has a host of information for visitors and locals – check it out now!
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.
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.