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North Island 5 day tour...leaving in 3 weeks! Any thoughts?

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North Island 5 day tour...leaving in 3 weeks! Any thoughts?

Day 1: Explore Waitakere Ranges and Black Sand Beaches- Stay somewhere near the airport.

Day 2: Leave at 6:00am and head to Tauranga for Dolphin Swim from 9-3pm. Visit Hell's Gate for a mud bath on the way to Rotorua. Stay at Rydges Hotel.

Day 3: Explore Rotorua and then head to Taupo- visit Wai-o-tapu and Huka Falls. Stay at Lake Taupo Motor Inn.

Day 4: Visit Glow worm caves in Waitomo and then drop off car at Airport. Take shuttle to downtown Auckland- stay at Auckland city hotel on Hobson.

Day 5: Ferry to Waiheke Island and explore.

Day 6: Shuttle back to airport for 9am and fly to Wellington to begin South Island adventure!

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1. Re: North Island 5 day tour...leaving in 3 weeks! Any thoughts?

Looks good JAMWC, full on but doable. I'm trying to think of somewhere you could stay further south than near the airport on the first day(and not having much luck). This would give you a bit more time to get to Tauranga- the dolphin swim leaves from the Harbour Bridge Marina and depending on what day you are doing it there could be a major(for Tauranga) traffic jam 5 minutes from the Marina- another new bridge and flyover are being built. Rush hour traffic can have you waiting 20-30 minutes some days.

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2. Re: North Island 5 day tour...leaving in 3 weeks! Any thoughts?

Arataki Center on the Scenic Drive in the Waitakeres is a great stopping point with accessible "tastes" of bush walks .Visitors' Center there is excellent too.

3. Re: North Island 5 day tour...leaving in 3 weeks! Any thoughts?

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