Due to the location of the Lupton Lodge, you need to have a car to stay here. We were in town for some diving and thought that this was a great choice of places to stay. Whangarei didn't seem like anything we needed to be in the center of, so we drove to the coast for some diving, drove into town for some dinner and then returned to Lupton Lodge. The grounds are great and we made fast friends with the resident cow. Andy was SUPER nice and made us a yummy breakfast to start our day. The house has a lot of character and we enjoyed it very much.