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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

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Address: Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 09 438 3993
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WOW!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 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!

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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 :-)

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 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 

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Whangaroa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

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

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NSW Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My husband was sceptical about visiting a clock museum but even he was impressed. The staff are on hand to showcase a few of the items and answered all our questions. There's so many different types of clocks on display but my favourites were the cuckoo clocks. They're all set to different times so you're guaranteed to hear (if you... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The largest collection of time pieces in the Southern Hemisphere? And well can I believe it. From the largest sundial, in NZ, at the entrance to well over a thousand inside from the early 18th century to modern times . Ships chronometers, cuckoo clocks, Maori motive clocks, Novelty clocks, Hickory Hickory clock, and so many more varieties. The Claphams Clock... More 

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