Helena Bay Cafe & Gallery

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About 40 mins North of Lupton Lodge on the east coast of Northland is the stunning setting for the Helena Bay Cafe and Gallery. The cafe has a delicious fresh menu which changes regularly and is open from 10am-4pm Mon-Fri and 10am-5pm in the weekends. You can sit in the glass conservatory at  the back More…

Whangarei Town Basin Market Bridge

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Saturday Artisan’s Market Operating most Saturday mornings from 9am – 1.30pm (November – March) the Whangarei Artisan’s Market is well worth a visit. Some stall holders change regularly with others featured every week. There’s fresh produce and flowers, delicious food, furniture, arts & crafts, pottery, clothing, live music, chocolates and more…. The market is located More…

Ransom Winery, Warkworth

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When you are driving to Lupton Lodge in Whangarei (or heading back to Auckland) and fancy a delicious bite to eat, turn off at Ransom Winery, a couple of kilometers South of Warkworth. It is clearly signposted from State Highway 1.  The wines are well worth sampling and the platters are superb. They have a More…

Northland Golf Courses

Waitangi Golf Course

Golf can be played all year round in Northland, the “winterless north” of New Zealand. Some of the high-quality courses within easy driving distance of Lupton Lodge are listed below. All these courses welcome non-members and most have green fees under $NZ50 per day for non-affiliated players. Local 18 hole Golf Courses include: Whangarei Golf More…

More Activity Suggestions

Fishing trips depart from Tutukaka or the Bay of Islands

Adventure Forest – Glenbervie Forest tree based adventure. Climb on amazing circuits rigged from tree to tree. Grab a rope, jump, roll or swing in the air to reach the next platform, it’s awesome! Weekends, public and school holidays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weekdays by appointment only. Fishing & exploring the coastline and islands More…

Activities Suitable for Kids

Waka and Wave Walkway

A Perfect Day – Full day sightseeing & snorkeling trip to the Poor Knights Islands. Sea Kayaking – guided Ngunguru Inlet and coastal kayaking Horse Riding Beaches – Ngunguru, Ocean Beach, Whale Bay, Matapouri, Kowharewa Bay Kiwi House & Heritage Park Serendipity Farm Park & Cafe – Whau Valley , Whangarei Walks – AH Reed 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…