The village of Puhoi is a bit of a gem, nestling in the wooded hills in what once would have marked the real point of escape from Auckland. These days, with the creation of the super-city, it lies well within the city borders, but it retains its charm. There's a Bohemian museum (reflecting the origins of the early settlers), a cheesery and an antique store, a tiny library, a popular pub, and several excellent cafes. And there's also a good walkway that provides a 40 minute loop through the bush and pasture that make up the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Reserve.
The track starts beside the toilets in the large car park on the opposite side of the river from the village store. It's a steep climb at first, though native bush, but the going is made easier by the steps.
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