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Napier to Auckland - recommendations for 5 day road trip

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Napier to Auckland - recommendations for 5 day road trip

We are travelling from Napier to Auckland in a hire car after visiting family. First time in New Zealand. Will have visited Wellington and Auckland before seeing family. Any recommendations? Ideally want to stay in 2 hotels on the road trip and see some sights. Torn between Coast, mountains, lakes etc. thanks

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1. Re: Napier to Auckland - recommendations for 5 day road trip

What time of year will you be travelling?

To visit Tongariro NP, which I assume is what you mean by "mountains" is a little bit of a backtrack south from Taupo, but coule easily be done if you are particularly keen to go hiking.

The normal route would be to head inland to Taupo & then Rotorua. You could easily fill in 2D/2N here. Then you could take the coastal route, SH2, via Tauranga to Whitianga or Hahei or Coromandel town for the remaining 2 nights, exploring the Coromandel Peninsula & Hot Water Beach.

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2. Re: Napier to Auckland - recommendations for 5 day road trip

Hi

Thanks for the reply. Travelling in December. Thinking some chill out time at the coast may be required!

Cheers

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3. Re: Napier to Auckland - recommendations for 5 day road trip

I too recommend 2 nights in Rotorua, followed by 2 nights on Coromandel peninsula. Visit Taupo on your way to Rotorua.

Hahei - Whitianga will enable you to explore the east coast of the Coromandel as suggested. This is a lovely part of the North Island with pretty beach towns and bays on both sides, with a low mountain range to cross in between. Some nice bush hikes on the Coromandel, and water gardens near Thames.

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4. Re: Napier to Auckland - recommendations for 5 day road trip

Another vote for Frangipani's option - Napier - Taupo - Rotorua - Coromandel.

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