This historic town is served by a car ferry. From Rawene you can cross the Hokianga harbour to travel north through Kohukohu. Alternatively you can travel south through Kohukohu and reach Rawene by ferry.
In Rawene you can visit Clendon House the last home of James Reddy Clendon. Besides missionaries, traders flocked to northern New Zealand from the 1820s. James Clendon, a British trader, first visited the Hokianga in 1829. He did not finally settle there until 1862 after many years moving around the North following trading opportunities. Later in the 1860s he built what is now known as Clendon House at Rawene. His second wife, Jane, lived in the house until 1919 and the house is of interest, apart from its age, for the story it tells of the Clendon family’s long history in Northland. Clendon House has a garden.
A 20th Century descendant, James Clendon Tau Henare became a war hero, Northland leader, and was knighted, as described in the NZ History link below.
There is a popular café here on the waterfront called "Boat Shed Café & Crafts". You can get coffee and eats here while waiting for the ferry, which is still a reasonable $20 for cars.
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Rawene sawmill, Northland, September 1956, Rawene, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (O.006604)
Rawene wharf, October 1957, Rawene, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (O.00655501)