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Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

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Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Hi

We are travelling from Auckland to Napier with children aged 16 and 12...what do you advice me to do and see on route?thanks

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1. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Will that be a day-trip from Auckland? It's a long drive but do'able. I suggest SH1 to Taupo, then SH5 over to Napier. Plan short stops at Hamilton lake, then a longer break at Tirau &/or Taupo, followed by Napier.

Let you children determine how far they can tolerate the car journey. Auckland to Hamilton lake is easy, so too is the drive through to Tirau. It's a big push to Taupo, being a 4 hour road trip by then. Hopefully the last bit will progress well. Huka Falls is a great attraction and a chance for some fresh air and exercise.

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2. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Thank you Frangipani.I am thinking to stop on night on motel in route before Napier.where do you suggest me?

Thanks

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3. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Suggest looking at "wikivoyage" for a basic free

guide.

Taupo is probably the "best" location for "motel"

food and a break.

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4. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Rotorua is more mid-way between Auckland and Napier. You could stroll the Government Gardens and Kairau Park - for free.

If you are looking for a nice walk, check out Blue Springs (Te Waihou Walkway). If you park at the Leslie Rd carpark, the springs are only a 20-minute walk. This is located south of Matamata and north of Rotorua.

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5. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Tokoroa would be mid-way, but there isn't a lot to do in this town. If you detour to Rotorua there are lots of family-friendly activities.

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6. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

As one can cannot usually "get into" a motel before

2 pm the "mid-way" concept mentioned in replies 4 & 5

may "not make sense".

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7. Re: Driving from Auckland to Napier..what attractiones and stops

Makes perfect sense to me Drallom. Rotorua is still a good choice though, with lots of things to do and see. Taupo is nice and could be a suitable stop-over being only some 2.5 hours away from Napier. Perhaps visit a bigger thermal park before you drive over to Napier?

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