Puhoi Pub


Great food, great beer, great place

The Puhoi pub is one of the last historical pubs left in the Southern hemisphere. The interiors filled with the remnants of past and present memorabilia is enough to fill one with a sense of nostalgia.

Enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple, choose from the excellent bistro menu with daily specials, relax in the historic surroundings and take in the atmosphere.

For more information:
visit www.puhoipub.com
contact the pub on 09 422 0812 or
send a message using the contact form.

Puhoi River Canoe Hire

puhoi-river-kayaking_270Come along and enjoy a fantastic adventure with your family, friends or group…

Paddle down the Puhoi river through native bush, farmland and down into the mangrove forest to the Wenderholm Park. Along the way herons, pukekos, kingfishers flit in and out of the trees and you may be lucky to hear the raucous laughter of the kookaburras.

Puhoi River Canoe Adventures

Full River Kayaking Adventure

Paddle 8 kilometers (2 hours) from the Puhoi Historic Village to the Wenderholm Regional Park. Explore this meandering tidal historic waterway at your pace. Puhoi River Canoe Hire provides excellent instruction, top quality equipment and a courtesy shuttle return. Bookings essential.

Puhoi Village 1 hour Float

Enjoy a serene float exploring the Puhoi Village waterway. Excellent fun for the littlies or as an introduction for newbees to the fun of kayaking.

Wenderholm Park 1 hour Hire

Make the most of the summertime and enjoy a 1 hour kayak hire to explore the gorgeous Wenderholm Estuary. Open summertime only. Check their website for full details.


Get your family, friends or workmates together for an excellent outdoor adventure.

The Full River Kayaking Adventure is fantastic fun for the whole team, they have kayaks or canoes for all ages and fitness levels and can cater up to 60 adults. Combine your kayaking adventure with a BBQ or picnic at Wenderholm Park or a visit to the famous Puhoi Pub for an awesome team day out. Bookings is essential. Enquire about our sit-on kayak trailer unit also available for hire for a team beach day out.

Book your adventure now.

Puhoi River Kayak Trips operate daily between 1 September and 30 June (except Christmas Day)

Full Puhoi River Adventure Rates

Single Kayak $50
Double Kayak $100
Canadian Canoe $100

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Handcrafted, flameworked glass beads and jewellery


Based on in the ancient European tradition of lampworking, Inge Chappell makes contemporary flameworked glass beads and jewellery from her home studio in Puhoi.


Inge has a background in marketing communications but her interest in jewellery created a desire for her to learn glass bead making in 2009 from some of the greatest names in the industry.


Since then, Inge has exhibited her glass work throughout New Zealand and has sold work to international tourists, visiting dignitaries and royals as well as her supportive customers who she says “soon become addicted” and keep buying her jewellery again and again.


Inge says of her work “Flameworking is an exciting and alluring art form which has endless possibilities for expression with colour, form and decoration”.

Opening hours

The Kleurglass studio and showroom is open by appointment and glass demonstrations can also be arranged.

For more information:

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.

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