Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve

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Just north or Whangarei, on the northern side of SH1 past Hikurangi, lies the fascinating Waro Limestone Reserve walkway. If you park in the reserve entrance off King St, you can follow an easy 2.2km walkway, which includes the perimeter of a small lake and the main Waro limestone formations. Alternatively park in the carpark More…

Kingdom of Zion – Big Cat Sanctuary

White Tiger Rewa - Kingdom of Zion, Whangarei

Whangarei’s Big Cat Wildlife Park, Kingdom of Zion, provides a range of unique and informative escorted walking tours for visitors. Zion is home to 34 lions, tigers and cheetah, including a number of rare white Bengal Tigers, White amd Barbary Lions. The cats are housed in a range of cages and enclosures which you walk More…

Whangarei Falls – AH Reed Kauri Park – Mair Park Walkway

Whangarei Falls & Walkway

5 minutes drive from Lupton Lodge are the dramatic Whangarei Falls. You can either view these from above, take a short walk to the bottom or enjoy a longer 1 hour round-trip bush walk to the AH Reed Kauri Walkway. Mair Park and Mt Parahaki are also enjoyable extensions to this walking route if you More…

Poor Knights Diving or Snorkeling Day Cruise

Poor Knights Islands Diving - boats depart from Tutukaka (15 mins from Lupton Lodge)

The Poor Knights Islands were named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the world’s top 10 dive locations. The islands are a marine reserve below water and a wildlife reserve above water.  The islands are located 23km off the beautiful Tutukaka Coast in Northland, New Zealand. The abundance of friendly fish and other colourful tropical More…

Whangarei Town Basin

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International and New Zealand visitors to Whangarei looking for a bite to eat, a spot of shopping, entertainment for the kids or an easy riverside stroll should head to the Town Basin. The Whangarei Town Basin is only 12 minutes drive from your quality accommodation at Lupton Lodge in Glenbervie and just moments away from More…

Restaurants & Cafes

Schnappa Rock Restaurant - Tutukaka - 15 mins drive from Lupton Lodge

Great food can be one of the highlights of your visit to Whangarei. There are a wide range of excellent cafes and restaurants to choose from suiting all taste buds and budgets. Many restaurants focus on seafood and local New Zealand specialities. We are fortunate to have one of New Zealand’s top regional restaurants, a More…

Whangarei & Tutukaka Coast Beaches

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The Tutukaka Coast and Whangarei Heads are adorned with stunning selection of white sandy beaches for swimming, walking or surfing. Some of our favourites include: Whale Bay Wellington Bay (Whangaumu Bay) Ngunguru Matapouri Bay (pictured above) Woolleys Bay Sandy Bay Ocean Beach Kauri Mountain Beach More Tutukaka Coast photos

Local Arts & Crafts

Burning Issues Gallery - Whangarei Town Basin - 12 mins from Lupton Lodge

The Whangarei region is home to some of New Zealand’s most talented artists. Their work is on display in the following locations: Quarry Craft Co-op, Reyburn House, Whangarei Art Museum, The Bach, Burning Issues Gallery, Glenbervie Pottery, Helena Bay Gallery There are also several excellent Artisans Markets held throughout the year in Whangarei where local More…

Whangarei Quarry Gardens

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10 minutes drive from Lupton Lodge you will find the tranquil oasis of the Whangarei Quarry Gardens project – New Zealand’s subtropical paradise. Entry is by donation and parking is free onsite. The site is a community project created by passionate volunteers in an old quarry. There are 2 waterfalls, a substantial lake, garden walkways, More…

Kiwi House, Heritage Park & Museum

Whangarei Kiwi House - 20 mins from Lupton Lodge

Great for wet days, dry days, families, train enthusiasts and anyone keen to see some live kiwi. Set in an attractive 25ha park the site features a Kiwi House, several historic Victorian buildings, a museum, heritage club collections and boasts excellent views over Whangarei city and harbour. On our last visit to the recently refurbished More…