We are flying into Auckland 10/31 and leaving from Auckland on 11/20. We will be with another couple and have the flights booked...and that is it. None of us have any idea of what to do, where to stay or what to see. We just know we want to visit because we have heard great things from everyone who visits. Any itinerary tips, good hotels (am not seeing any familiar US chain hotels), transportation ideas would be very helpful. I'm counting on all you who live or have visited the area. Thanks so much!