Just got back from a 3 week trip in New Zealand and Lupton Lodge and the Tutukaka coast was one of the highlights of our trip. Hosts Andy and Karen offered us a warm welcome and made us and our two kids feel at home. We stayed in two rooms of the main house that were interconnected by a bathroom. We all slept fantastically in the cozy beds. We especially liked that the kids could visit the cows, pick fruit off the orchard's trees, feed the chickens and look for eggs each morning. Breakfasts were great, and we even enjoyed Andy's asian inspired cooking one evening. Delicious...and he cooked up a separate option that our kids aged 5 and 7 would eat. It rained one afternoon and we spent it perusing the internet and playing monopoly in the detached rec room. The rest of the time we spent exploring the beaches of the region with great advice from Andy. Try Matapouri's beach for a great beach day!
- 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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