Puhoi River Kayak Trips
Come along and enjoy a fantastic adventure with your family, friends or team-building group...
The kayak 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 also give you 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 its Pohutukawa fringed beaches, where our courtesy coach will be waiting to return you to Puhoi Village.
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 is the iconic Puhoi Pub, the Puhoi Devonshire Tea Cottage with its scones second to none, and of course the famous Puhoi Hotel and Museum.
|INFO FOR GROUPS
All you have to do is decide which day
your group would like to come.
The Puhoi River is tidal so we will tell you the best time options for the day you have chosen. Remember that the one way basic trip takes 2 hours so you might like to consider either a BBQ or picnic at either end.
Then decide how many paddlers there will be and what type of kayak or canoe each would prefer.
We have seats for 60 adult paddlers made up of -
40 Single Kayaks (suitable for beginner paddlers)
8 Double Kayaks (2 adults + 1 child up to 5yrs)
2 Canadian Canoes (2 adults + 2 children under 8yrs or
3 adults - there must be 2 people capable of paddling)
FULL PUHOI RIVER ADVENTURE RATES
Single Kayak: $50
Double Kayak: $100
Canadian Canoe: $100
PUHOI HOURLY HIRE RATES
Single Kayak: $25
Double Kayak: $50
Canadian Canoe: $50
We operate Puhoi River Kayak Trips daily
1 September - 30 June except Christmas Day
Gift Vouchers Available