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itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

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itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

We have 4 days/3 nights (june 10-13) at the end of our trip for Auckland and points north. We arrive in Aukland on the 10th from SI and depart back to the states the night of the 13.

We know we want to visit wineries on Waiheka Island and the Waipoua Forest. We will have a rental car.

Suggestions on "must see" places in these areas, or routes/layovers are much appreciated.

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1. Re: itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

Hi there

You don't have much time, but it is possible to see a few things.....

If you arrive on the morning of the 10th, get the AIRBUS into the CBD from the airport straight away, leave your luggage at the Princes Wharf I-site for the day, and then immediately jump on the ferry to Waiheke and spend the rest of the day there - there are local buses and/or tours that can take you around the island.

Return to Auckland and stay somewhere close by to the ferry terminal (Copthorne Harbour city, Mercure, Auckland Harbour oaks are 3 possible hotels in this area)

1st thing in the morning walk down to APEX car rentals (5 minute walk) and pick up a car (obviously pre-book this), then you have almost 3 full days to explore Northland.

In this time, I would recommend heading up the East Coast via Matakana, Mangawhai & Waipu, and then maybe stay on the Tutukaka Coast for the night.

Next day, drive round the Tutukaka Coast, up the old Russell Road to Russell, across on the car ferry to Paihia, have a couple of hours around Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then end up in Kerikeri for the night

Next day have a quick look around Kerikeri, and then head over to the Hokianga, Waipoua Forest and back to Auckland by evening.

This is a packed schedule, but would maximise your time and allow you to see a really good amount.

Happy to give you more specific detail if you would like.

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2. Re: itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

Thanks Andychef,

We weren't sure which coast to drive up first so that is a huge help.

Do you think we have too little time to make it to Whangaroa harbor?

We were also considering stopping at Trounson Kauri Park, what do you think?

Thanks again for your help and insights.

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We are doing this trip from Paihia - awesomenz.com/choose-your-awesome-destinatio…

I can't wait to go down 90 mile beach!

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4. Re: itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

Hi there

You could just as easily do that route going in the opposite direction (West Coast 1st), so that is also an option.

Trounson is essentially the same area as the Waipoua Forest, so you are passing through there on this route anyway.

Whangaroa is about half an hour north of Kerikeri, so you could add that in on your last day, or you could stay in Whangaroa on the 2nd night instead of Kerikeri... was there something specific in Whangaroa that you wanted to see ??

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5. Re: itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

Thanks Andychef,

Nothing in particular in Whangaroa -- the description in Lonely Planet that it was less touristy than Bay of Islands was part of the draw -- that and we had a student who interned with Greenpeace one year, so that history caught my eye too (we're not divers, so it isn't like we'd be trying to see the wreck itself).

I read that approaching Hokianga Harbor from the south was really pretty and also noticed a few places that do evening hikes, so I'm wondering if going up the west coast first might work well.

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6. Re: itinerary suggestions for 4 days, please

Doing more research and wondering, if we could manage one more day - would you go on out to the cape, or spend two nights in one place (we'll have been traveling a lot so there is some attraction to basing in one place for two nights and doing excursions from there).

We definitely like the idea of being in KeriKeri for one of our nights so that we can try out some of the wines from that area. Could it be the base to visit the forests or is that mean lots of back tracking?

Another area that caught our eye -- Henderson Valley.

Thanks for your help

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