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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

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Address: Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
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+64 9-438 3993

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Cute, quick day out

For what it is, a museum of clocks, we were actually pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was! It was also very relaxing to listen to the ticking clocks, and some very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Emma B
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For what it is, a museum of clocks, we were actually pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was! It was also very relaxing to listen to the ticking clocks, and some very fascinating history goes with each clock. Two for one deal if you eat at any of the basin cafes, too!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mum worked here when I was a child and what amazed me back then still is fascinating now. Such excitement to see my favourite clocks from my childhood still there. This is a good activity for all ages.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing place to visit, Caroline was excellent in her knowledge of all the clocks and time pieces on display, well worth the money to spend an hour or so of your day exploring the museum, great service and atmosphere.

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Thank nugget1972
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating collection even for my 5 & 2 yr olds. Best highlight was his favourite Thomas Tank engine novelty clocks, cuckoo clocks and a real Hickory Dickory Dock clock. Conveniently located beside one of the best playgrounds for children..and it's shaded too!

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Thank Lindee W
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Fabulous legacy left to Whangarei. Good place to take grandchildren although, depending on their ages, the tour may be a bit detailed and boring at times. Good for tourists, our WOOFERS enjoy this spot.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This small museum is hard to miss,it is in the town Basin and has a massive sundial set in gardens into front of the quirky white building which houses a fantastic collection of clocks from a private local collector. You can sometimes get a deal on the enter fee by presenting a receipt from one of the many shops and... More 

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Thank twebb21
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Don't miss this attraction after you stop for a Flat White!! The museum is great and historical. See the wonderful collection of clocks and the fabulous tour offered by the volunteers. They will show you this quirky collection of clocks and how some of them work. Before you leave, take a photo in the large cuckoo clock.

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Gwandalan, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We had an interesting hour or two in the Claphams clock museum a week ago. The staff we very friendly & helpful & told us about many of the clocks. My husband is interested in clocks, not me so much but I still enjoyed the display. I particularly loved the music playing machine which the staff started up for us.... More 

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nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We had no idea just how much we would enjoy this museum. I strongly recommend that you have a guide as otherwise there is so much to miss and if we had not had a guide we would have left unappreciative of just how neat the whole thing is.Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

If you are the kind of person who is beguiled by beautiful and intricate craftmanship and a lover of historical artifacts then this is a must do. I came here with my three teens aged 11-16 while we were spending time in Whangarei. We were the only ones there, but I understand it is popular with touring groups, so you... More 

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