This property is about 10 minutes outside of the tourist center of Whangarei and a similar distance from Tutukaka. Getting to either is very easy. We stayed in the Red Room, a free upgrade because other guests wanted the (cheaper) room we had booked because it had a bathtub. Lucky us! We had two attractive large & comfortable rooms and our own bathroom, deck, and garden. Enough room to unpack and store the suitcases! The property is set back from the road behind trees and a garden and is completely quiet. We were in Whangarei so my husband could dive on Poor Knights Island. There were towels for him to bring on the dive and for me to use in the lovely pool on the property or to bring to the beach. We had dinner two nights at Lupton Lodge--a real treat and less expensive than places of similar quality to which we would have had to drive. Andy was able to accommodate my dairy-free diet both at breakfast and at dinner, which I discovered isn't easy in NZ. He also did laundry for us for $5NZ, which we found incredibly reasonable in our later NZ travels. We were able to hang wet dive gear & bathing suits on the line in the back. We enjoyed our conversations with Andy and Karen and their two young daughters. In short, this is a great place to stay with terrific hosts.