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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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A unique experience.

Unique and interesting place with old clocks, new clocks and clocks you won't see anywhere else. Souvenir shop has lovely variety including clocks in many different settings... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
Judy P
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Unique and interesting place with old clocks, new clocks and clocks you won't see anywhere else. Souvenir shop has lovely variety including clocks in many different settings. Lovely location in Whangarei's Town Basin.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

I would not previously have expected to see such a wide array of time pieces of one sort or another in one place. A very good place with fascinating and interesting works of endeavor and I would suggest to others to check this place out too.

2 Thank etiguys
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

WOW!!! What an amazing collection of clocks, watches and time pieces in general. Some really neat working displays. I have been here a few times and it never misses to intrigue me. A well worth visit for all ages

1 Thank rusty19502015
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

We have learnt so much by visiting clock museum. The lady guide was very knowledgable. What an amazing place. If you want to see an anticlockwise clock and hear all sorts of chimes you will love this place!

1 Thank Nina B
Whangarei, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Nothing is exactly the same - vast selection to choose from - very impressive and beautiful workmanship. They don't just have clocks either! Well worth a visit :-)

1 Thank suzannej136
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

We had a short stop in Whangarei and saw the museum as something to do when rain threatened. It was actually a great collection of clocks and quite interesting to read about the historical significance and evolution of clocks. A surprising find in a small NZ town, but worth a short visit. Although it might be difficult with small children... More 

1 Thank mythicalmanticore
Whangaroa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 June 2015

Friendly staff & very interesting collection of clocks in all shapes & sizes; I especially liked the cuckoo clock selection.

1 Thank Tusitala12
NSW Australia
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Reviewed 17 May 2015

Well organised display of some amazing clocks. Excellent information provided from the guide. So very interesting to see the clocks from around the world. An excellent collection.

1 Thank Debra I
Cardiff, Wales
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Reviewed 5 May 2015

Archibald Clapham's interest in all things mechanical was sparked by his father on his 7th birthday by a gift of a musical box. This led to this extraordinary collection of over 400 clocks at this museum situated hard by the attractive marina in Whangarei Town Basin. Visiting here briefly on our way further north, we were delighted to stumble across... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2015

A little gem! so many different clocks - some are engineering masterpieces. Ask the guide to demonstrate the first juke box for example :-) wonderful for kids and especially for those who do not understand that we managed without batteries and gadgets for many years!! I have never seen such an eclectic collection - slightly quirky as the owner had... More 

Thank Pippa65

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