Rawene

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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.

The Heads Hokianga
The Heads Hokianga
4 out of 5
334 State Highway 12, Omapere
The price is NZ$218 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Omapere hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Omapere Beach and Hokianga Harbour. Opononi Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also within ...
4/5 Very Good! (618 reviews)
"Beachfront room was terrific"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

The Heads Hokianga
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
A Piece of Paradise
"Absolutely awesome location and wonderful hosts! We loved our stay in Rawene. A very peaceful and beautiful spot central to everything that is good in the Hokianga!"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Beautiful apartment with an easy stroll into Rawene. Spectacular views . WiFi
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga
4 out of 5
State Highway 12, Omapere PO Box 19,, Omapere Hokianga, New Zealand 0444 State, Omapere, Northland
Situated in Omapere, this hotel is steps away from Omapere Beach and Hokianga Harbour. Pakia Hill Lookout and Opononi Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
A Piece of Paradise
"Absolutely awesome location and wonderful hosts! We loved our stay in Rawene. A very peaceful and beautiful spot central to everything that is good in the Hokianga!"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Beautiful apartment with an easy stroll into Rawene. Spectacular views . WiFi
Waiotemarama Healing Space
Waiotemarama Healing Space
871 Waiotemarama Gorge Road, Waiotemarama, Waimamaku, Northland
Set in Waimamaku, this family-friendly holiday home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pakia Hill Lookout, Omapere Beach and Hokianga Harbour. Opononi Beach is 6.8 mi ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (23 reviews)
Comfy
"A pleasant stay"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2022

Waiotemarama Healing Space
At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
54 Fairlie Cres, Opononi, Northland
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Ahhh so relaxing
"Loved the location. Sunsets are amazing. Great space. Thanks for the memories."

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
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.