Rawene is a town on the south side of the Hokianga harbour, in Northland, New Zealand. State Highway 12 passes to the south. Rawene is full of charm with its rich variety of historic buildings, art galleries and cafes and stunning water views. Enjoy a walk around the village then relax in a cafe before catching the ferry to Kohukohu.

Rawene is New Zealand’s third oldest European settlement, you can visit Clendon House (1860s) – home of James Reddy Clendon, trader, witness to the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand’s first US Consul. Experience the many historic treasures of the Clendon family, beautifully preserved and presented.

Rawene is the start of another of the NZ Cycle trails - The Kauri Coast Cycleway starts from the historic settlement of Rawene and heads out to the Hokianga Harbour entrance. It then turns inland to travel up through the Waipoua Kauri Forest, before following farmland through to Dargaville and out to the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour.

To drive by road to Rawene is 40km from Kaikohe and 44km from Horeke.

  • The closest point on the Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Cycle Trail is Kaikohe with Horeke just 4 kms more in distance
  • There are further options in Opononi and Omapere