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.

Opononi Lighthouse Motel
Opononi Lighthouse Motel
2.5 out of 5
45 STATE HIGHWAY 12, Opononi
The price is £65 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Situated in Opononi, this beach motel is steps away from Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also within 3 miles (5 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (239 reviews)
"We appreciated the friendly helpful staff who gave advise about the area and what to see and do. It was a good location, close to the beach and an easy walk to the shops and wharf. Although it was slightly dated we enjoyed the rocking chairs in the lounge."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Opononi Lighthouse Motel
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 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Excellent stopover
"We were travelling around Northland and wanted to get a sense of the Hokianga. This appartment at Rawene was the perfect base. Excellent"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

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Beautiful apartment with an easy stroll into Rawene. Spectacular views . WiFi
The Heads Hokianga
The Heads Hokianga
4 out of 5
334 State Highway 12, Omapere
The price is £101 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (606 reviews)
"Beach views from every room"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

The Heads 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.
MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
44B Cabbage Tree Bay Rd;, Opononi, Opononi, Northland
The price is £102 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
This family-friendly Opononi holiday home is located on the waterfront, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hokianga Harbour, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Opononi Beach and Omapere ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Cool place, amazing view
"This was a really nice batch. Cozy and well planned, very comfortable, with style. And the view is hard to beat!"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2021

MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
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 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Excellent stopover
"We were travelling around Northland and wanted to get a sense of the Hokianga. This appartment at Rawene was the perfect base. Excellent"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Beautiful apartment with an easy stroll into Rawene. Spectacular views . WiFi
Entire self contained  Sunshine Cottage
Entire self contained Sunshine Cottage
296 Punakitere Rd, Taheke, Northland
The price is £112 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cottage is within 16 mi (25 km) of Wairere Boulders, Ginns Ngawha Springs and Lake Omapere. Hokianga Harbour ...
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Parkland Paradise
"The bach is situated in a parklike environment with beautiful trees. It is very comfortable and included generous provisions for a self catering breakfast.The managers were friendly and unobtrusive. We had a lovely holiday."

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Entire self contained Sunshine Cottage
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.

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