My wife and I have stayed at Lupton Lodge many times now. It is always one of the highlights of our business trips around New Zealand - so much so that if no rooms are available for our planned dates, we re-arrange our itinerary to make sure that we can stay there.
Andy is always so welcoming and helpful - he knows a lot about what there is to see and do in the area. Even though we are always visiting on a working trip, when we get to Lupton Lodge we feel like we are on holiday. We have had some opportunities for local excursions too and Andy was very obliging with helping to organise those.
If you are visiting Whangarei on business or pleasure, you really should try Lupton. It's only 10 minutes out of town and on the road to the Tutukaka coast. The rooms are very tastefully appointed and breakfast is fabulous - the Lupton Special, yum!! Andy is a great cook so you don't even have to go in to Whangarei for dinner - just pre-arrange if you do want dinner.
Staying at Lupton is so much more personal than a run-of-the-mill motel/hotel. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed unless they actually like sterile hotels - you wont get that at Lupton Lodge.
- 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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