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Established in the 1850s by the first European settlers, Clevedon village began as a farming community. The only practical method of reaching the village was by boat up the Wairoa River, which is located a stone’s throw from the Forgotten Arts facility.

According to the Clevedon historical society, local farmers, miners and others used the river to travel back and forth to Auckland and other coastal communities; vessels also carried goods and produce to and from Clevedon and the city.

Today, Clevedon is a lovely picturesque village where you can leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland for a day trip or long weekend.

Meander Clevedon’s Scenic Reserve (Pa Nikau) featuring 100 hectares of native bush rising 225 metres above the Wairoa River. Or, peruse a unique range of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media work by local artists Cheryl and James Wright at their Art Industry studio.

Be sure to visit John Hill Estate, a boutique family-owned and run winery and restaurant and cellar door offering wine tasting and heated alfresco dining. The contemporary country fare menu features the best of locally sourced ingredients.