West Coast Touring Route

Tane Mahuta - Waipoua ForestThe rugged West Coast of Northland includes Waipoua Forest, Kai Iwi Lakes and Hokianga Harbour. If you don’t mind a bit of driving on windy roads then visiting these scenic and natural attractions is a very rewarding day trip from Lupton Lodge.

Head West towards Dargaville (45mins drive) then drive North from there to the Waipoua Forest – stopping off at Kai Iwi Lakes enroute if you have time. The walk to Tane Mahuta from the road is well maintained any only takes 2 or 3 minutes.

From Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest Kauri Tree, it takes about 30 minutes to drive north to Hokianga Harbour – a stunning sand dune fringed harbour.

The drive back south to Whangarei from Opononi in the Hokianga is around 2 hours.

Some extra detours to consider include:

  • Dargaville Museum & Lookout
  • Baylys Beach (visit the Funky Fish Cafe whilst you are there!)
  • The 4 Sisters Walk in Waipoua Forest
  • Rawene (don’t miss the Boatshed cafe on a fine day!)

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