We will be in NZ for 34 days in late Nov-Dec. Considering breaking up our time as follows: NI 15 days, SI: 19 days (flexible). Very active family of four with two teenagers. Limited budget, therefore helicopter rides, boat charters and the financial like are not an option.
Do not wish to be packing up and traveling daily (2-3 night stay minimum at each locale, more as indicated). Still deliberating car vs. campervan on NI. Anticipate loop route with start/finish in Auckland.
Suggestions for some local North Island favourites which could serve as key areas with multiple day trip opportunities (culture, water activities, tramping, unique experiences…)
Thank you for your feedback and insights!