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 relaxing… Pataua is made up of 2 holiday destinations popular with locals: Pataua North and Pataua South. Pataua South can be only reached by road More…

Sundried Tomato Hummus


Sundried Tomato Hummus   Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins   Simple and delicious hummus that’s great in sandwiches, mezze platters or as a dip with raw vegetables and toasted pita bread. Recipe type: Spreads & Dips Ingredients 1 tin chick peas (drained & washed) 1 tsp crushed garlic 2 Tblsp tomato More…

Refurbished 2-Bedroom Suite

We have pleased to announce the recently completed upgrade of our Blue Room and 2-Bedroom Deluxe Suite, including a brand new bathroom. Please take a look at the room pages for more information or scroll through the photo gallery below.

Lemon Curd Recipe


Looking for something to do with all those fresh lemons and oranges… Lemon Curd   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Fresh Lemon Curd is delicious mixed with greek yoghurt/whipped cream or on it’s own with ice cream, in tart cases or brandy snaps. Andy – Lupton 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 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…