Come along and enjoy a fantastic adventure with your family, friends or team-building group…
All the kayaking that we offer on the Puhoi River is unguided. The kayaking trip from the Puhoi Historic Village to the Wenderholm Regional Park is 8km of flat (no rapids or waterfalls!) tidal (always going with you) water. If you decide to go exploring you can take the trip up to 10 or 12kms.
You can also just hire a kayak for 1 hour and paddle around the Puhoi Village.
We start each trip with a summary of our basic kayaking rules, we give you a map of the river and explain in detail exactly where you are going. For new-paddlers and rusty-paddlers we offer basic paddling instruction. Then fit you out with a comfortable buoyancy aid, take you to the river, put you into your kayak – set you up and off on your glide down the river!
When doing the downriver paddle you will leave from our base adjacent to the Puhoi Landing and paddle 200m upstream to the centre of the village which is marked by the little stone library and domain bridge. It is possible to paddle on upstream for another 1km to the top of the tidal reach. You must turn and paddle back down again past our base and head downriver through native bush, farmland and down into the mangrove forest.
Along the way herons, pukekos, kingfishers and other water-minded birds flit in and out of the trees, listen very carefully and you may be lucky to hear the raucous laughter of the kookaburras. You will meander on down the wide estuary to the Wenderholm Regional Park with it’s Pohutukawa fringed beaches ,where our courtesy shuttle will be waiting to return your driver to Puhoi to collect your car.
The basic one way trip from Puhoi to Wenderholm takes 2 hours so you might like to consider either a BBQ or picnic at either end. Both the Puhoi Domain and Wenderholm Regional Park have some lovely spots to relax in. For those who would enjoy a catered lunch there are several good local options, the iconic Puhoi Pub, the Puhoi Devonshire teas, the Puhoi General Store and the Puhoi Valley Cheese cafe