Puhoi River Kayaking. #teamAchieve #ChristmasOuting


Today almost didn’t happen. But it did. Thank You Lord for favor, good weather, safe journey and good company!

2 Week’s ago, the boss organized a mini team outing to go Kayaking at Puhoi River. But the catch was, we were doing it on a Friday afternoon where we’d get off work early, leave at 1pm and arrive at the Puhoi Canoe Hire spot around 2pm.

At 1pm, it seemed like everyone was still busy with their unfinished business and was going to cancel the trip. But thankfully, our boss was so kind enough to ask if we were still game to go even if not everyone could make it. The 3 of us, Pavel, Sajid and I, of course said YES!

So off we went, a little later than scheduled, all four of us took a ride in Pavel’s little Nissan and went out of the city, heading north, for about 35minutes and arrived at the take off station around 2:10pm.

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Entrance to the Puhoi River Canoe Hire! The fabulous four. Hehehehehe…

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Registration and a signed waiver, in case of emergencies, the company is not liable of course.

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Group photo is a must! Us holding the paddle and oh so ready to get into action!

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But before that, a briefing to tell us what to expect, and where we will end up.

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Off we go!!! Good thing I persisted to bring my camera with me and the life jacket I had on had  a little pouch in the front that could hold my camera safely.

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This is how much leg room there is in the kayak. My very white legs got some sun and tan today.

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Some short mountain hill view on the side of the river. With some sheep as well making their presence known and calling out to us.

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Sajid was my kayak buddy for the whole time. Watching out for each other since it was his first time and mine too! I think he was even more excited for this trip and definitely showed another side of him when he tends to talk too much and all sort of weird funny chatter comes out of him. I also learned from this little bonding session cruising down the river, that he is a fan of Josh Groban and could sing quite well too! LOL.

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More lovely “Sound of Music” kind of hills along the river!

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It was an 8KM river down to the part where it ends at Wenderholm Regional Park. I quite enjoyed the paddle except for times when the water was shallow and the wind was blowing against the kayak. Also the hardest part was when the current kept pushing the opposite way of where I wanted to go.

It took us almost about 2 hours to finish the entire journey but still a very memorable experience indeed. God answered my prayer of a wonderful and beautiful sunny weather out! Yay!

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After all that hard work out of paddling the kayak, we went just 200m down the road from Puhoi River Canoe and stepped into the infamous Puhoi Pub which is one of NZ’s last iconic historical pubs left in the southern hemisphere. The interior was amazing. So much memorabilia and vintage items, people leaving bills with written messages and their name cards on the walls etc. Wow, I was lovin’ the place!

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Our lady boss gave us a shout on the drinks! I did not hold back and went for a good ol’ Smirnoff Ice! Tasty and refreshing, and only 5% alcohol hehehehe… It was the ladies who were the drinkers here! Pavel went with a non alcoholic ginger beer and Saj went with a tomato juice thing. Tsk. Boys!

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And ladyboss kept asking the men to go and play pool and they were so shy and hesitant! I went ahead and just got the deal done already and I am so glad I did cos we had such a good time! It was Saj’s first time playing pool, Pavel was of course a professional but it was really the ladyboss who had a hidden talent and could play pool pretty well too! It was the ladies against the men and we were leading until finally we girls got the black ball in before its time.. Aaaawww.. still, we were already close to winning!

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Look at that level of concentration in trying to get the balls in. Even with a bit of a flushed face from all the alcohol build up, I could still maintain focus!

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Just one game was enough for us and then we were off to Irina’s home down in North Shore Bella Verde. Luckily we didn’t have to bring any drinks because her home had a good collection of beverages already! I was enjoying their Gold Label Wolf Blass Barossa Shiraz from 2013. It was good wine really but maybe I just don’t prefer Shiraz in general.

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And I met a new furry friend, Cookie! He is Irina’s baby mix breed who is only 3 years old and such a friendly dog! So lovable and welcoming and just hungry for human attention! And the best thing is, it doesn’t stink! Now I feel like I can’t wait to have a dog!

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Irina has a really big and lovely home. Large kitchen with a large dining area and not to mention a barbeque area out at the deck. Gorgeous place. Too bad she’s leaving the company and so this is probably our first and last time to get to be invited to her home for a nice little meal and party. She’s this Russian lady in the office and I always remember her as the one who comes in super early like before 8am. She even displayed all her farewell cards and gifts (I picked the jewelry display mantle by the way!) on the table as decorations too.

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Our barbeque dinner is served! I think Irina’s husband had a really good skill for grilling food but mostly I think it’s cos he got a real good barbeque machine! We had grilled pork served with tomatoes and cucumbers. And I went crazy for it! Had 3 large slices of pork steak! uurrggh.. I really eat like a caveman.

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With the boys, Merwyn and Sajid hanging outside and eating while the rest of them ate inside the dining room. Was too nice outside to stay indoors!

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After all that food, what a better way to get the system to start digesting them by doing a bit of table tennis work out??!

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Saj playing against Irina’s husband. Such an awesome idea to have a table tennis set up in your garage! Good entertainment for guests!

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Pavel also got to play with Irina’s husband after he dropped Nik and the wife off.

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Even the ladyboss could play table tennis! My goodness! She is so multi talented! RESPECT!

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By the time we all got to play a bit of tennis, it was already 9pm and time to let our hosts rest up. What a day it has been indeed! Full day of activity and fun, I really enjoyed myself and so blessed to have such a pleasant experience and memorable event!

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