I was sceptical when a mate mentioned this "amazing pub" in Puhoi. Turns out he was right - this is a brilliant spot for a couple of beers in the sun. There's heaps of tables outside on its sunny lawn. Inside, the pub is bedecked with all sorts of historic curios and nick-nacks. The food isn't flash but it's okay; its beer is cheaper than in central Auckland. The Puhoi pub is definitely worth checking out - just take the Puhoi turn-off on SH1 and you can't miss it.
cnr Saleyards & Puhoi Rd Puhoi Warkworth