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.
We are located in the centre of Rawene township.
By public transport
From the Narrows, 4kms south of Kohukohu, take the Kohu Ra Tuarua vehicle and passenger ferry, travelling to Rawene. From there it’s a short walk to Clendon House.
Rawene sits near the intersection of three great Aotearoa New Zealand cycle trails, making it the perfect destination for cyclists.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail officially finishes at Māngungu Mission, just up the harbour. Keen cyclists can follow Taheke Road and SH12 further along the harbour to Rawene or book a spot on the Ranui on Hokianga ferry and sail from the finish of one trail, to the next trail at Rawene. Bookings are required. Contact Ranui on Hokianga to book.
The Kauri Coast Cycle Trail takes in the Waipoua forest and Hokianaga Harbour, a west coast journey that extends between Dargaville and Rawene.
The Far North Cycleway is a pilgrimage that extends between Rawene and Cape Reinga. Follow a trail that winds through rural New Zealand and along 90 mile beach.
From State Highway 12 turn onto Rawene Road (Twin Coast Discovery Highway) and travel for 6kms into Rawene. Follow the road through the centre of town and turn right onto Clendon Esplanade on the waterfront.
There is ample free on-street parking along the waterfront on Clendon Esplanade in front of Clendon House (see parking signs for times). We also have a small carpark onsite located at 14 Parnell Street for visitors with limited mobility, this provides access to Clendon House without any stairs or obstructions. It’s a nice easy walk into town and campervan drivers may wish to park on the roadside just outside of town. Narrow roads, limited parking and some tight turns onto Clendon Esplanade can make it a busy spot in summer.
Rawene is a pedestrian friendly town, please watch out for pedestrians while travelling through the town.
Hours and Entry
Currently closed for conservation and maintenance
Reopening Friday 17 December 2021
Saturday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm
Friday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm
Under 18 years Free
* Surcharges may apply for special events
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Enjoy free entry to our heritage properties plus other great benefits.
Clendon House is a two-storey building, with steps for entry, however a mobility ramp is available, just let our staff know you require it. The second floor may not be suitable for those with mobility issues due to the steep and narrow staircase. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the second floor.
Please note wheelchair users may find it difficult to move within the house because of the width of the doorframes and the narrow passages. Our visitor hosts can share the history of our site with you while enjoying the serene charms the Hokianga harbour from the front veranda.
Food and Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please take all food and rubbish with you. There is also a great selection of local cafés located just a short distance from Clendon House.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are things for kids to discover. Inside explore the house, imagine living here with seven other siblings or sit at the desk in the attic while you use the original tablet. Outside, there is plenty of room to stretch little legs. Why not investigate the huge rotating clothes line. It could well be the largest in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Things to remember
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
We want everyone to enjoy their visit, on busy days drones can be disrupting to the experience at Clendon House, as well as our neighbours who reside close by. Please do not fly drones at the house without permission from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.
A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.