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Rawene
Travel Guide

Blessed with a timeless kind of beauty, this charming fishing town in “the Winterless North” has a surprisingly diverse range of visitor attractions.

Rawene’s main street, Parnell Street, slopes down to the water’s edge, where some of the older wooden structures are poised over the harbor like boat sheds. These picturesque buildings include a supermarket, arts and crafts galleries and a café, so start your explorations here.

Clendon Esplanade along Rawene’s waterfront was named after Captain Clendon, a well-respected European settler who became New Zealand’s first United States Consul. Clendon had also witnessed New Zealand’s Declaration of Independence in 1835 and the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

In Rawene, James Clendon acted as a magistrate, settling disputes between settlers and Māori. Visit the heritage-listed Clendon House along the esplanade to hear the story of Jane, who was partly Māori and had 8 children with James. When he died in 1872, Jane was just 34 and had inherited all her husband’s debts. Through hard work and determination, Jane managed to pay off the debts, keep the family home and educate the children within the next decade.

Along the same esplanade, browse the gallery of the iconic Boatshed Café, a historic wooden structure on stilts that quite literally stands out from the rest. While here, pick up the Walk Hokianga map and follow the nearby mangrove boardwalk, where a century ago a timber mill worked around the clock.

You can’t miss The Wedge, an unusually shaped and colorful hub of galleries. Browse the artworks or enjoy the café in the Tony Bridge Gallery. The Wedge also houses Loriz Felts, a shop of hand-made felt creations, and Māori Magic. The latter shows you the ways of Rongoa Māori (traditional medicine) with locally made balms. For more local products, browse the markets at the Rawene Town Hall on the first Saturday of the month.

Rawene hugs the harbor at the end of Rawene Road. Because the town is like a time capsule of a bygone era, it’s worth the short detour from the highway. If you’d like to stay the night, check out The Masonic Hotel and The Postmasters Lodgings, two wonderful heritage buildings. From the Rawene wharf, you can board a vehicle ferry to explore the North Hokianga Harbour.

Comfort and Relaxation in Rawene
Comfort and Relaxation in Rawene
41 Manning Street, Rawene, Northland
The price is NZ$112 per night from 30 Apr. to 1 May

Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hokianga Harbour and within 16 miles (25 km) of Opononi Beach and Maungataniwha Range. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Oasis and knowledge

"For a one night stay this was a complete surprise. They managed to squeeze me in with the accomodation shortage and I could also have sat and talked to them for hours with their creative and historian DNA. This place was a delight as was Rawene itself."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Comfort and Relaxation in Rawene
Beautiful Apartment With an Easy Stroll Into Rawene. Spectacular Views . Wifi
Beautiful Apartment With an Easy Stroll Into Rawene. Spectacular Views . Wifi
3 Hamblin Street, Rawene, Northland
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Situated on the waterfront, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hokianga Harbour and within 16 miles (25 km) of Opononi Beach and Maungataniwha ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Rawene

"Good location, very clean and well set up. Good reliable internet. Convenient EV charging. friendly hosts"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2021

Beautiful Apartment With an Easy Stroll Into Rawene. Spectacular Views . Wifi
Rawene Rest & Recuperate
Rawene Rest & Recuperate
38 Parnell St, Rawene, Northland
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Situated in a rural location, this historic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hokianga Harbour and within 16 miles (25 km) of Opononi Beach and Maungataniwha Range. ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Rawene Haven

"A welcome smile and warm greeting from Ewen was the perfect way to start our stay. A very well appointed unit fully equipped, impeccably clean and a wonderful view of the estuary. We highly recommend this property for your stay in Rawene."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2021

Rawene Rest & Recuperate
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beautiful Apartment With an Easy Stroll Into Rawene. Spectacular Views . Wifi
Beautiful Apartment With an Easy Stroll Into Rawene. Spectacular Views . Wifi
3 Hamblin Street, Rawene, Northland

Situated on the waterfront, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hokianga Harbour and within 16 miles (25 km) of Opononi Beach and Maungataniwha ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Rawene

"Good location, very clean and well set up. Good reliable internet. Convenient EV charging. friendly hosts"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2021

Beautiful Apartment With an Easy Stroll Into Rawene. Spectacular Views . Wifi
Stunning Views With Beach Access Across the Road
Stunning Views With Beach Access Across the Road
203 State Highway, Omapere, Northland
The price is NZ$235 per night from 13 Apr. to 14 Apr.

Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hokianga Harbour, Omapere Beach and Opononi Beach. Pakia Hill Lookout is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
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"The Bach/home was located in a perfect spot! Close to beach shops local hotel/pub and central to our family activities. The neighbors super quiet and private with fences on both sides. Clean! And homely! Had everything we needed we wished we could have stayed longer just to enjoy it more. It may ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2021

Stunning Views With Beach Access Across the Road
Privacy, Style and Comfort
Privacy, Style and Comfort
15 Beach Road, Kohukohu, Kohukohu, Northland
The price is NZ$280 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

Situated in Kohukohu, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hokianga Harbour and 9.2 mi (14.8 km) from Maungataniwha Range. Opononi Beach and Omapere Beach ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
So peaceful

"Such a quiet serene location. The duvet was super cozy. The kitchen is well equipped. Check-in/check-out process was very easy. Recommend this place."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2021

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