This is what we have tentatively planned so far. We would greatly appreciate any suggestions or advice about our choices. We are not really hiking-oriented, but we love beaches, driving through beautiful scenery, stopping along the way, and staying in nice places overnight. We have made these decisions on our own, searching the Internet as best we can. Advice from people with experience would be greatly appreciated. We’d love to hear about things you liked to do in these spots, where to stay and where to eat. If you see that we have made a terrible mistake in planning, please let us know that too!
Auckland – two nights at Langham Hotel, planning to take Coast to Coast Farm and Eco Tour.
Drive to Paihia – stay two nights Blue Pacific Apartments, plan to take the ferry to Russell and visit Waitangi or a day cruise. When we leave, we will drive as far as we can to the North tip, ending our day at Omapere.
Omapere – stay one night at Copthorne
Drive to New Plymouth, stay two nights in Ahu Ahu Lodge, see Mt. Taraki,
Drive to Rotorua – stay two nights at either Hamuranga Lodge or Astelia Lodge – we need some advice on where to stay here. Plan to see Te Whakarewarewa concert and hangi, visit Waiopau and/or Orakei, take the Skyline Gondola
Fly out from Rotorua to Auckland to Sydney to USA
Many thanks for any advice and suggestions you can offer us!