Activities & Attractions

Lupton Lodge is ideal for exploring Whangarei, the Tutukaka Coast & Northland, diving at the Poor Knights Islands or business in Whangarei. The 2¼ hour drive from Auckland and 1 hr drive to the Bay of Islands also makes Lupton Lodge a perfect stop-off point if you are heading further North.

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Below are some of the Whangarei and Tutukaka Coast activities we recommend:


Pataua North Beach & Estuary

Less than 30 minutes drive from Lupton Lodge is the stunning seaside village of Pataua North. Pataua North beach is a golden sandy beach, ideal for walking, swimming, playing or ... Read More


Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve

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 ... Read More

Whangarei Falls & Walkway

Whangarei Falls – AH Reed Kauri Park – Mair Park 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 ... Read More

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

Poor Knights Diving or Snorkeling Day Cruise

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 ... Read More


Whangarei Town Basin

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 ... Read More

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

Restaurants & Cafes

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. ... Read More


Whangarei & Tutukaka Coast Beaches

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 ... Read More

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

Local Arts & Crafts

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 ... Read More


Whangarei Quarry Gardens

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 ... Read More

Whangarei Kiwi House - 20 mins from Lupton Lodge

Kiwi House, Heritage Park & Museum

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 ... Read More

Whangarei Artisan Bridge Market

Whangarei Shopping

Markets - a fresh local produce Growers Market is held in the carpark on Waters Street, Whangarei every Saturday morning from about 6am-10am. The Bay of Islands Farmers Market is ... Read More


Helena Bay Cafe & Gallery

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 ... Read More


Whangarei Town Basin Market Bridge

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 ... Read More


Ransom Winery, Warkworth

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 ... Read More

Waitangi Golf Course

Northland Golf Courses

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 ... Read More

Fishing trips depart from Tutukaka or the Bay of Islands

More Activity Suggestions

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 ... Read More

Waka and Wave Walkway

Activities Suitable for Kids

A Perfect Day - Full day sightseeing & snorkeling trip to the Poor Knights Islands. Sea Kayaking - guided Ngunguru Inlet and coastal kayaking Horse Riding Beaches – ... Read More

Russell Waterfront - Bay of Islands

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

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 ... Read More

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

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

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 ... Read More

Whangarei Heads - 30 mins drive from Lupton Lodge

Whangarei Heads Touring Route

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 ... Read More

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

Tutukaka Coast Driving Route

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 ... Read More

Waipoua Forest

West Coast Touring Route

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 ... Read More