I'm traveling to NZ for 14 days at the end of October/early November with my mother. We are trying to prioritize our planning in terms of what to see and do.
We live in Colorado, so we get plenty of time in the mountains. I'd love to see some things that we don't have regular access to such as beaches, caves, thermal hot-spots, etc.
We are flying in to Auckland, and we have to spend 3 days in Auckland toward the end of the trip for a conference. I'm 30 and in good shape, and my mother is in her 60s. She's in great shape, but I don't want to drag her around the North and South Islands too much. I want to also be able to relax.
Obviously, 14 days is not enough time to experience NZ fully.
Should we fly into Auckland, and then grab another flight to somewhere on the South Island after a days rest? If we stay on the North Island, and I missing out and should make the trek South? In order to really experience each stop and relax, should we just stay North?
Thanks in advance!