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 walk to the AH Reed Kauri Walkway.
Mair Park and Mt Parihaka are also enjoyable extensions to this walking route if you have extra time and love walking in the New Zealand bush.
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Whangarei Falls Walkway
From the Whangarei Falls you can also start longer walks to A H Reed Memorial Kauri Walkway (1 hour return), Mair Park or the Town Basin.
A H Reed Memorial Kauri Walkway
A H Reed Memorial Kauri Walkway can be reached from either the carpark (15-30 mins) on Whareora Road, Mair Park (1.5 hours return) or the Whangarei Falls (1 hour return). The walkway has a wooden platform constructed half way up the forest floor for some of it’s route to allow you a unique view of the established native New Zealand bush. There are many fine native specimen trees on the track which you can observe and touch. Information boards are also positioned around the walkway to educate walkers on native flora and insect life in the forest.
From the Whareora Road exit of A H Reed Memorial Walkway turn right (downhill) and follow the footpath for about 500m to the entrance of Mair Park/Parihaka Walkway (on the left before the bridge)
Mair Park and the Parihaka Walkway
Picturesque Mair Park and the Parihaka Walkway is a large public bush reserve only minutes from the centre of Whangarei. You can start the walkway either from the entrance on Whareora Rd (northern end), from the carpark on Rurumoki St (off Hatea Drive), from the mangrove walkway behind the Whangarei Aquatic Centre (lower southern end) or from the top of Dundas Road (upper Southern end). You can also park at the Town Basin, walk across the bridge and take the first road on your left. Follow the signposts up a narrow alleyway between 2 houses at the end of the road to find the pathway into Mair Park. The Hatea River runs through the centre of the park and Mt Parihaka towers over the eastern border. It takes around 30 minutes to climb Mt Parihaka (one way) – the views of Whangarei are stunning from the top (or you can drive up if you are short of time or puff!).
Hours of well-maintained walkways and mountain bike tracks wind throughout the park. There are grass picnic areas and tables beside the river and adjacent to carpark and playground (off Rurumoki St). For recommendations on the best tracks to follow for your fitness level and time available our guests are welcome to check with us at Lupton Lodge before you go and we’ll make some suggestions.
Follow these signposts as you walk through Mair Park, Whangarei Falls, AH Reed Memorial Park and to the Town Basin. If you’d like to be picked up or dropped off from one direction guests at Lupton Lodge should let us know in advance as we may be able to arrange some transport.