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north island where to go

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north island where to go


I am going to New Zealand in December and will be on the North Island in Auckland for 3 days of holiday before a business trip.

I was thinking of hiring a car for two of the days and driving to Rotorua via Waitomo and Hobbiton and the next day driving back up the coast to Auckland.

Can anybody tell me if this is worth doing or if there are other places that are more worth while to visit on the North Island in the short time I had.

Any suggestions welcome! :)

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1. Re: north island where to go

Welcome to TA, Catherine! I think in 2 days this is all you have time for although I'm not sure what you mean by "driving back to AK via the coast"? If you mean SH 2, I think it will take too long. You are better off allowing at least a full half day in Rotorua, there is so much to see there. An absolute minimum would be one thermal park. Driving down via Waitomo Caves, ie SH1 to Hamilotn and then SH3 to Waitomo and returning via Hobbiton would mean less zig-zagging than trying to do both in one day. In the evening you should try a Maori Cultural evening and hangi. There are several to choose from.

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2. Re: north island where to go

Hobbiton -Rotorua - Waitomo Caves is a great option, with a wide range of attractions and activities located around Rotorua and the thermal region including Taupo.

2 more options would be:-

a) 3 days visiting the Bay of Islands and Northland attractions including Waipoua Forest, OR

b) Coromandel peninsula exploring both west and eastern coastlines.

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