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“A "MUST DO" activity for all the family, groups of friends etc”

Puhoi River Canoe Hire Ltd Kayak Trips
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Owner description: We offer a safe leisurely kayak/canoe adventure paddling along the Puhoi River which meanders 8km (2hrs) from the historic Bohemian Puhoi Village to the scenic Wenderholm Regional Park. We supply superior kayaks,buoyancy aids, paddling instruction and courtesy shuttle return for drivers to collect cars. We have kayaks or canoes to suit the whole family and cater to almost all ages and fitness levels. Sorry no children under 3yrs. Bookings Essential.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 April 2016

This is the 5th time I have been to Puhoi River Kayaks, and I will go yet again, it is such a lovely 2-3 hour activity, and considering the high cost of so many activities in NZ, it is fair value. Our family of parents and 18 & 20 year old love it, we first went years ago. I've also gone out with a group of girl-friends, really fun. The couple who run the business from their pretty home, with lawns down to the river, are delightful. And the kayaking is easy for parents & children, in comfortable & stable sit-in kayaks. The owners will recommend the start times depending on the tide, so you have an easy paddle. It's a beautiful peaceful 1-2 hour paddle, that's without rushing or having to paddle hard at all. We take a snack and drinks, or sandwiches for lunch, and had a "floating morning tea" at half-way. It's even fun in the only noisy bit, which is under the bridge of the SH1, especially for kids. If you can tie your visit in with the Puhoi Market (which is on the last Sunday morning of every month) it's great to pay that a visit nearby, and coffee/ice creams/pastries at the General Store and Cafe. Or the amazing Puhoi Pub or Puhoi Cheese cafe. Lovely country village atmosphere. The owners even gave us a wonderful contact for our daughter to help her in her work search after Uni. Do go here, it's wonderful.

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank Clare G
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Only 35-40 min drive from Auckland. Very easy to find the place. Definitely recommend booking in advance as it gets very busy. We had great fun with our two young children (5 and 8 years old). We booked 4 person canoe and we truly enjoyed two hour paddle.
This river doesn't have strong current so it is fun for all ages. If you never kayaked before this is definitely place to have a go. You will love it.

Date of experience: April 2016
2  Thank Spatchski
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

What a great experience!
We had never kayaked before, so we were pleased to be welcomed by the friendly, family team who made us feel completely at ease.
Their lovely premises were on the banks of the Puhoi River which meandered past the bottom of the garden.
We were given safety instructions, the kayak was adjusted to suit us and away we went on our two hour journey to the mouth of the river.
We enjoyed a gentle paddle downstream (with the flow) through the most beautiful countryside.
I needn't have worried about getting wet, other than a few drips from the paddles we stayed pretty dry, so do take a camera.
We enjoyed it so much, I even bought the Tee shirt.
Would definately recommend the experience.

Date of experience: February 2016
3  Thank Jeffery1950
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

We were Mum, Dad, 4 young ones (13, 11, 2x7 yrs) in dire need of a day out together. We arrived in Puhoi, had time for a great lunch at the Puhoi pub before embarking on our kayak journey. The team was just lovely - welcoming, relaxed - clearly done this before, They made us feel really special. Their set up was fantastic. Great kit, great location, infrastructure - very tidy, organised, totally pro. Our family had a WONDERFUL time travelling down Puhoi River to Wenderholm. The paddle was nice and easy - great craft. We had a gorgeous day - sunshine but not too hot:)

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Darleen_Tana
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

So, so much more fantastic than I anticipated, and I knew it would be great to begin with. It was relaxing, interesting, hilarious (ie. trying to turn my kayak around, becoming one with the river bank, living amongst the ducks for eternity). Such a brilliant thing to do on a sunny afternoon. Incredibly friendly, knowledgable and professional staff who had fantastic tips, took care of us, made us feel safe and capable. I'm always sceptical/worried about price, but this experience was well worth every cent. Great facilities, superb service, beautiful scenery, incredible experience all round - HIGHLY recommend!

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Tikitowb
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