Most people drive to Whangarei via Auckland. Book your rental car online for pickup in Auckland (airport or city). It takes 2.25 hours from Auckland city (or around 2.5 hours from the Airport) to get to Lupton Lodge.
You can also fly to Whangarei from Auckland Domestic Airport with Air New Zealand or catch a bus with Intercity, Naked Bus or Mana Bus. Once you arrive in Whangarei we recommend that you rent a car if you are staying at Lupton Lodge. Rental cars are available from Whangarei Airport or The Hub Whangarei bus depot if you book them in advance via Pegasus, Avis, Thrifty or Budget Rentals.
If you have time to explore en route to Whangarei click here for a list of recommended activities to keep you entertained along the way.
For directions on how to get to Lupton Lodge once you reach Whangarei click here.
Northern Gateway Toll Road Information
There are 3 possible routes into Northland:
- The new tunnel/motorway road (one-way toll of $2.20 for cars)
- The free route along Hibiscus Coast
- State Highway 16 through Helensville
We recommend the new toll road to make your journey faster and easier. The toll is calculated electronically so either pay in advance or within 3 days of using the toll road. For information ways to pay the toll please click here. If you wish to visit Waiwera and/or Orewa beach then please go via the Hibiscus Coast route.
If you would like us to arrange the payment for the Toll Road on your behalf please let us know when you arrive at Lupton Lodge and we are happy to do so.