Driving Routes

Northland has a high number of world-class attractions and entertainment options suitable for every taste and budget. Travelling to these from Lupton Lodge can be enjoyable for the journeys themselves as well as the final destinations.

Below is a list of day trips around Northland including recommended activities and stop-off points to keep you entertained along the way. There are also a few off-the-beaten-track suggestions in case you want something a little different from your Northland experience.

For information on activities near Lupton Lodge and links to other operators click here.

For information on driving routes to/from Auckland please click here.

Northland Self-Drive Day Trip Suggestions

Tutukaka Coast Loop Road

- rejoins SH1 at Hikurangi

Touring route around the spectacular Tutukaka Coast, Glenbervie and the Whangarei Falls. 2 hours driving time excluding stops. Amazing coastal scenery. Lots of great land and water based activities for all ages, interests and budgets. Highly recommended!!! Find out more…

Whangarei Heads

The Whangarei Heads offer dramatic mountain scenery, walkways, beaches and craft galleries along a 35km long peninsula accessible from Whangarei city centre. From Lupton Lodge to the start of the Whangarei Heads is a 10-15 minute drive. Find out more…

Bay of Islands, Waitangi and Keri Keri

– one hour’s drive north of Whangarei

Day trip suggestions, including land and water based activities, in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This touring route takes you through Paihia, Waitangi and Kerikeri, with the option to visit Russell if you have time. Find out more…

Russell via Oakura, Helena Bay, & Whangaruru Harbour

- Bay of Islands with a twist

Start your day with a lovely drive and car-ferry ride to Russell. 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 but the scenery is fantastic. Find out more…

Hokianga Harbour & Waipoua Forest

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 natural attractions is a very rewarding day trip from Lupton Lodge. Find out more…

Dargaville, Kauri Coast and Kai Iwi Lakes

- 1 to 1.5 hours drive west of Whangarei

Bream Bay – Waipu, Ruakaka and Mangawhai

30 mins drive south of Lupton Lodge is Ruakaka, One Tree Point and and Waipu. From Waipu you can drive towards the coast to Waipu and further south along the coast to Mangawhai and the Mangawhai Heads.

Doubtless Bay

- 2 hours North of Lupton Lodge you will find Mangonui, Whangaroa Harbour, Matauri Bay and the Karikari Penninsula

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