My boyfriend and I are flying into Auckland, picking up a campervan and have 25 nights to get to Wellington. We have come up with a rough itinerary, but have no idea if it is realistic or not. Our intention was to come up with a rough route which we could add additonal stops to once we were there; however we have got carried away with the planning and have filled up the whole time!! So if anybody could suggest any changes then that'd be great. I'm not sure if we are cramming in too much?
Fly into Auckland mid afternoon (Hanua Falls/ harbour Bridge bungey/Sky walk)-spend 2 nights.
Leave Auckland in the morning – stop in Whangarei to see the waterfall.
Arrive in Paihia late afternoon? Spend 2 nights here to see the Bay of Islands.
Leave Paihia mid morning – Kaitaia. Spend 1 night.
Kaitaia - Waipoua Kauri Forest. Spend 1 night.
Leave the Forest late morning/lunchtime arrive in Thames early evening. Stay in Thames for 1 night.
Spend morning in Thames, drive to Coromandel and spend the afternoon. Drive to Whitianga early evening. Spend one night and following day to see hot water beach/cathedral cove.
Arrive in Hamilton early evening. Stay 2 nights so have 1 whole day to explore.
Leave AM, to go to Tauranga spend the day at Hobbiton. Drive to Rotorua late afternoon. 2 nights in Rotorua.
Drive to East cape, spend 2 nights here.
East Cape – Gisborne. Stay 1 night.
Gisborne - Mohaka River (ww rafting). Stay 1 night.
Mohaka River – Napier (wineries/ Te Mata Peak - Hawkes bay?) Stay 2 nights in Napier.
Napier – Taupo (Skydiving). Stay 2 nights. Leave late afternoon to make most of second day in Taupo.
Taupo - Tongariro Crossing (best one day hike in world). Arrive early eve. Stay 2 nights - 1 full day to trek.
Leave Tongariro AM - Waitomo Caves for most of the day. Stay 1 night.
Waitomo Caves - New Plymouth (nice driving route). Spend 1 night en route.
New Plymouth – Wellington. Spend 1 night in Wellington.
Thanks in advance!
Sam and Sophie.