Heart of pi­o­neer­ing spirit

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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.

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