I will be on a 11 day self drive around the North Island in February 2011. I will be starting in Auckland and will end in Wellington. I was initially planning on flying back but heard that the train might be an interesting choice.
Between Auckland and Wellington my itinerary which is flexible will include Whangarei/Bay of Islands is possible, Coromandel, Taurango, Rotorua, and Napier.
However, using the train will take up one entire day of my trip as opposed to flying which I could just get an early morning or late night flight.
My question: Is it worth taking the train and why?
Thank you for your help.