Northland and the Bay of Islands Sights

Claphams Clocks—The National Clock Museum

  • Dent St. Map It
  • Whangarei

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

About every conceivable method of telling time is represented here. The quirky collection of more than 1,500 clocks includes primitive water clocks, ships' chronometers, and ornate masterworks from Paris and Vienna. Some of the most intriguing examples were made by the late Mr. Clapham himself, such as his World War II air-force clock. Ironically, the one thing you won't find here is the correct time. If all the bells, chimes, gongs, and cuckoos went off together, the noise would be deafening, so the clocks are set to different times.

Sight Information


Town Basin, Dent St., Whangarei, Northland, 0110, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$8
  • Daily 9–5

Published 10/27/2015


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