So we had been in New Zealand a few hours, and we had a 3-hour drive north to Whangarei. So Lupton Lodge has been around for many years but has only in recent time been under the careful watch of fellow Brit Andy.
This well-hidden lodge is set back on the road with just a relatively small sign telling you that you had arrived. It probably didn’t help that we arrived in the dark, and we didn’t quite trust Google Maps to take us to exactly the right place. Heading to the reception, you can see what appeared to be a 3/4 sized snooker table with music player and a bookshelf full of DVDs that you can borrow.
What a stunning little place, obviously we couldn’t see what was going on outside but for the inside. Just WOW!! the room we had was just huge, enough room to swing a tiger in. The huge queen sized bed looked like a single compared to the size of this room. Which also had a sofa and a 32” television in. We opened the door to what we thought was an en suite bathroom. But no, this was a sitting area. Yes, our very own private sitting area. With two additional chairs, a small coffee table, wardrobe, fridge, and cupboard. It was then a second door welcomed us. Leading to the most fantastic en-suite bathroom. With everything, you could want, including a heated towel rail.
Every morning we have your choice of freshly cooked breakfast, cereals and juice. We tucked into a fruit kebab (kiwi fruit, pineapple and satsuma) each, and then Tina ordered the poached egg and bacon on an English muffin with a mustard dressing. I, however, had a two egg omelette filled with bacon, cheese and mushroom with two slices of toast and butter. All the produce where possible is sorted on site (such as those lovely eggs).
You can see from the pictures just how incredible everything was. We will certainly be paying Andy another visit should we find ourselves up in the Whangarei area again.