Clevedon, New Zealand

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Basic information
Local authority Auckland City
Electoral ward Franklin
Date established 1866
North Maraetai
Northeast Kawakawa Bay
East (Hunua Ranges)
Southeast (Hunua Ranges)
South (Hunua Ranges)
Southwest Papakura
West Brookby
Northwest Whitford
All Souls Church
All Souls Church
Clevedon is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 37°0′S 175°3′E / 37.000°S 175.050°E / -37.000; 175.050
Country  New Zealand
Region Auckland Region
Territorial authority Auckland Council
Ward Franklin
Population (2006)
 • Total 2,508
Website Clevedon town website

Clevedon, earlier known as Wairoa South, is a rural town in Auckland, New Zealand, located in the Franklin ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of Auckland city. The town is governed by the Auckland Council.


This nature walk near Clevedon takes 45 minutes to get to the top of a small hill with a view towards both coasts

The town and surrounding rural area has a population of 2,508 (2006 census),[1] and is the centre of an administrative ward of Manukau which takes in much of the largely rural area to the east of the urban heart of the city.

Clevedon is located on the Wairoa River five kilometres from its estuary and outflow into the Tamaki Strait, an arm of the Hauraki Gulf. It is 14 kilometres from the centre of the suburb of Manukau, which lies to the northwest. To the south of Clevedon rise the rugged hills of the Hunua Ranges. Several popular beaches are located on the coast close to Clevedon, including Duder's Beach and Kawakawa Bay. Between these two beaches lies the Duder Regional Park.

Clevedon was named for Clevedon, England, in 1866. It was previously known as Te Wairoa (Māori: 'the Long River'). Te Wairoa and surrounding area is traditionally home of the Ngāi Tai or Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki people, who are descendants of the Tainui waka. Ngāi Tai traversed their tribal domain, including the inner islands of the Hauraki Gulf, in a seasonal cycle of harvesting, gathering and fishing. In Te Wairoa River valley Ngā Tai maintained kainga at; Otau and Tuawa near present-day Clevedon, at Tararua near the mouth of the Rautawhiti Stream, and at Takatekauere, Te Totara, Te Ruato and Pehuwai on the western side of the River. In the vicinity of the Whakakaiwhara Peninsula there were settlements at Te Oue, Mawherawhera, Te Kuiti and Umupuia

There were formerly many schools located in Clevedon (the Wairoa district) but only one remains, Clevedon School.

All Souls Church is registered by Heritage New Zealand as a Category II structure, with registration number 682.[2]

The Hon Phil Goff, the current Mayor of Auckland and former Labour Party Leader and Foreign and Defence Minister, is a long term resident of Clevedon.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Quickstats about Clevedon
  2. ^ "All Soul's Church (Anglican)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  • Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4. .

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Coordinates: 36°59′27″S 175°02′16″E / 36.990813°S 175.037774°E / -36.990813; 175.037774