An early tide meant a somewhat early start, but the calm reflective early morning waters were just reward for getting up with the birds.We spotted plenty of birds on the trip, Pukekos, Herons, Shags, Kingfishers, Tuis and ducks galore. When we got closer to the sea the slight onshore breeze generated a bit of chop, but overall its an easy trip. The river is tidal so the kayak hire place only ever book you going with the tide.
The river paddle starts just before the Puhoi township and ends in the estuary at Wenderholm park. Puhoi River Canoe hire provide the kayaks and will even pick you up after your 2 hour paddle down river and return you to your car.