Heart of pioneering spirit
From the days of its first Dalmation settlers 150 years ago, Puhoi continues to capture the heart of the pioneering spirit. The Puhoi River, which winds inland from Wenderholm Reserve, provides a picturesque backdrop and hints at the importance of the river as a means of transport for early settlers. The old Puhoi Pub, the stables across the road that have been turned into an arts and crafts shop, the quaint little library, the magnificent church, cemetery, hall and old buildings that serve as a Bohemian museum and playcentre are all reminders of the early settlement of this little valley. Over the years a general store, memorial park and sports centre, a riding club and a garage have added to this special village life. Sub-divisions are springing up, home-based businesses advertise their wares and several homes offer overnight accommodation. A few minutes along the road from Puhoi village are some interesting art galleries, the Puhoi Cottage tearooms and the Puhoi Valley Cheese factory and cafe. The village is only a few minutes inland from State Highway One, but Puhoi Rd winds inland for many kilometres to join with Ahuroa Rd and toward the Kaipara Harbour coastline and State Highway 16. The old farmhouses and barns along this route indicate the early importance of the road as an overland passage from coast to coast.