Driving Routes

Driving routes for visitors to Northland and Whangarei, New Zealand

Touring Route from Auckland to Whangarei

Driving from Auckland to Lupton Lodge takes around 2.5 hours. If you have the time and want to make your journey more interesting please see the list below of recommended activities and stop-off points to keep you entertained along the way. For a full set of directions from Auckland Airport to Lupton Lodge click here. More…

Russell via Oakura, Helena Bay & Whangaruru Harbour – Bay of Islands with a twist

Russell Waterfront - Bay of Islands

Experience the car-ferry ride to Russell after a 45 min drive up SH1. See the Bay of Islands by boat or from the lookout on Flagstaff Hill and stroll around arguably New Zealand’s cutest village. Make your way home via the rugged and stunning east coast. The roads are bendy and the people are few More…

Bay of Islands, Waitangi and Keri Keri – one hour’s drive north of Whangarei

Waitangi Treaty Grounds - Bay of Islands - 1 hours drive from Lupton Lodge

Picturesque Bay of Islands can be reached within 1 hour from Lupton Lodge (Whangarei). The touring routes below include land and water based activities for all ages, budgets and interests. There are both well know tourist activities and off-the-beaten-track alternatives listed to give you a range of suggestions for filling in your day. This Bay More…

Whangarei Heads Touring Route

Whangarei Heads - 30 mins drive from Lupton Lodge

The Whangarei Heads offer dramatic mountain scenery, walkways, beaches and craft galleries along a 35km long peninsula accessible from Whangarei city centre. As a side trip from Whangarei or a day trip for beach lovers the Whangarei Heads are well worthwhile incorporating into your Northland itinerary. From Lupton Lodge to the start of the Whangarei More…

Tutukaka Coast Driving Route

Ngunguru Estuary - Tutukaka Coast (10 mins from Lupton Lodge)

Amazing white sandy beaches, stunning ocean views, native bush, waterfalls and rolling countryside – all in a 2 hour trip from Lupton Lodge (Glenbervie, Whangarei). This is an enjoyable 2 hour self-drive trip if you only have time to look out the window, or a fantastic day trip (or several day trips!) when enjoying the More…

West Coast Touring Route

Waipoua Forest

The 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 More…