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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be inspired. Stunning boutique accommodation located only 10 minutes drive from the spectacular Tutukaka Coast and Whangarei city centre shops and restaurants. Stylish ensuite rooms, gourmet breakfast & free wireless internet. We offer a relaxed atmosphere and extensive facilities including: mature dry-stone walled gardens, pool, guest-only dining room for restaurant-style meals (dinner on request), lounge with pool table and DVD library. The rooms are in a category II listed historic villa and a modern converted barn. Each room is designed for privacy and comfort with contemporary uncomplicated decor, ensuite bathroom, comfortable queen or king beds, bathrobes, 32" flat-screen TV, DVD player, Freeview, heat-pump/air-con and tea/coffee. The rooms are intimate yet spacious. In keeping with a boutique hotel, the rooms are located in guest only buildings, separate from the owners accommodation. The villa rooms have rich wall colours, high ceilings, sash windows and polished Kauri floors. The villa has 3 double ensuite rooms including a suite (which can sleep up to 3 persons). The renovated barn includes a stunning ensuite room upstairs with apex ceilings. Downstairs is a large studio with kitchenette & bi-fold doors opening to a patio/BBQ area. These can be individual rooms or a 2-bedroom apartment with an interconnecting door. Enjoy the many local attractions or just sit back and unwind. 5 mins from Whangarei Falls, 1 hour to the Bay of Islands and 2 hours north of Auckland - ideal for exploring Northland and as your first or last stop in NZ. ... more less
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