Mother and son crouching down to look at historic wallpaper in the attic

Clendon House is currently closed for conservation and maintenance. Reopening Friday 17 December 2021.

From December 17, 2021 Clendon House will be open under RED in the traffic light system. If you’re visiting us, you will need to present your Vaccine Pass to staff and follow our Covid-19 requirements. Please stay home if you’re sick. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.


Opening Hours

Currently closed for conservation and maintenance
Reopening Friday 17 December 2021

All Year

Saturday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Summer Holidays (December 17th - February 6th)

Friday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm

parking parking no-smoking


Member Free

Adult $10.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events


8 Clendon Esplanade
Rawene 0470

+64 9 405 7874

Mother holding a young son, standing next to her daughter reading a brochure about Clendon House in the kitchen

Dating from the early 1860s, Clendon House reflects James’ standing in the community. But it’s the story of the impressive Jane Clendon, of Hokianga Māori and Irish descent, that the handsome kauri dwelling best tells. Only 17 when she married her 56-year-old husband. Wandering through you’ll see some of the Clendon’s original 19th Century furnishings and domestic items, along with social memorabilia – dance cards, ball notices and the like – art and photographs collected over many decades.

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Tohu whenua

Clendon House is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.

Suffrage Stories | Jane Clendon

Jane Takotowi Cochrane was the daughter of Te Whata, a Rangatira of Mangamuka and Northland trader Dennis Cochrane. She grew to be an accomplished young woman who operated confidently in both Māori and Pākehā society.

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Historic black and white photo of Jane Clendon sitting for a portrait holding an infant
Historic portrait of Jane Clendon with her hair in ringlets

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Photo: Gifted by Louise Margaret Clendon Penman

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We've created a great Northland heritage adventure to get you started on your heritage journey.

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