Mother and son looking at heritage wallpaper.

Unravel the story behind kauri gum, a garden of knowledge and a signing of significance right here in the bay. Find out the meaning of a man they called the ‘Tuatara’ and the strength of an important woman at Clendon House.

Opening Hours

May 2024 - Oct 2024 (Winter Season)

Saturday & Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Nov 2024 - Apr 2025 (Summer Season)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Christmas Day (25 December)

parking no-smoking


Member Free

Adult Guided Tour $10.00

Under 18 years Free

Groups Please contact the property for guided group rates. On closed days, tours are available for groups of more than 10 people, if booked in advance.

* Surcharges may apply for special events


14 Parnell Street
Rawene 0470

+64 9 405 7874

Step back through time at this historic place in Northland. Want to find out more? Click to read more

Discover Clendon House
Clendon House and pou on a green hand.
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.



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.

Clendon House Parking



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.

Clendon Food and Drink

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.


Safe Space

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.
Safe spaces logo a rainbow circle with the words 'Safe Space, wāhi haumaru'

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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