Mother and son looking at heritage wallpaper.

Clendon House is currently closed for the winter season. Please check back for a re-opening date in spring.

Opening Hours

Currently closed for winter.

parking parking no-smoking


Member Free

Adult $15.00

Under 18 years Free

Groups Please contact the property for guided group rates

* Surcharges may apply for special events


8 Clendon Esplanade
Rawene 0470

+64 9 405 7874

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

Ngā Kōrero

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.

Explore Te Tai Tokerau | Northland heritage
A grandfather teaches his grandchildren how to fish at Castle Rock

Photo: Darryl Ward

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