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Twin Coast Discovery Road Trip Northland & Bay of Islands


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Clendon House, Jane Clendon and husband sculpture, Rawene, Hokianga Clendon House, Jane Clendon and husband sculpture, Rawene, Hokianga

Quirky Rawene, departure point for Hokianga ferry and home of The Boat Shed Cafe.  Allow several hours to amble around Rawene, popping into the local cafe / art gallery, the puzzle shop and simply walking around the town absorbing the sense of community.  There is a wetland mangrove boardwalk just a short walk from Clendon House well worth a detour. Rawene is home to Clendon House, a pretty cottage, built in the bustling 1860s by James Clendon, a trader, shipowner and magistrate. After his death, his 34-year-old Māori widow Jane was left with fourteen children and an enormous debt of £5000. Nothing like determination and an entrepreneurial spirit. Jane managed to clear the debt and her descendants remained in the house until 1972.

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