The Puhi Puhi Valley is a gravel cycle experience that skirts the flanks of the north end of the Seaward Kaikoura range. The climb finishing at Saddle Gate, under the second highest peak in the Seaward Kaikouras, Te Ao Whekere at 2598m.
The mountain views intensify as you climb your way up the Puhi Puhi Valley.
You could stop at the Puhi Puhi Reserve, stash your bike and take a stroll around the bush walk. Here you will see bush as it used to be before logging in the valley started early in the 20th century, one of the rimu trees is estimated at 800 years old. The Jordan River bridge is also a worthwhile place to stop and admire the mountains. Spend some time under Te Ao Whekere at the Saddle Gate, not far from here on the side of the mountains is one of the two nesting sites of the endangered Hutton's Shearwater.
The return journey back to Kaikoura is an effortless coast back down the valley.
The Puhi Puhi is a perfect fit for a cyclocross or gravel bike.