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Need help filling gaps in our itinerary :)

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Need help filling gaps in our itinerary :)

Hello, We're looking for some advice/ideas for our itinerary on the North Island. We're visiting in March for the Ironman and have a few days to play with. We enjoy the outdoors, as well as getting into the culture of the places we visit through local foods, museums, etc. We don't mind the occasional touristy activity as well, in other words, we're open to almost anything. Anyways, with the Ironman, we have to be in Taupo certain days, but outside of that we are flexible. Here's what we have so far, and any help filling in the blanks would be appreciated. Thanks!

Day 1/ Arrival Day at AKL (late arrival)- check into hotel near airport

Day 2 Drive to Waitomo (any sights along the way?) maybe visit Kiwi House

Day 3 Glow worm caves (maybe a cave expedition too?)

Day 4

Day 5 Taupo for the race

Day 6 Taupo for the race

Day 7 Taupo for the race

Day 8 Taupo (maybe sky diving? or a day trip up to Hobbiton if not done already?)

Day 9 Tongariro Alpine Trek

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14 Auckland

Day 15 Auckland (late flight home)

Day 4 is wide open at this point. Not sure if we should just head to Taupo a day early, or if we should backtrack a bit and do Hobbiton so we don't have to worry about it later in the trip?

As for days 10-13, thinking about Rotorua for 1 or 2 days and maybe the Coromandel area for a day or two as well, but not sure if that would be too much?

Thanks for any input!

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1. Re: Need help filling gaps in our itinerary :)

This may work, with a loop of the central North Island.

Day 1 - arrive Auckland (overnight)

Day 2 - drive through Karangahake Gorge to Mt Maunganui (overnight).

Day 3 - Hobbiton to Rotorua (2 nights).

Day 4 - Rotorua.

Days 5, 6, 7 & 8 - Taupo for Iron Man (4 nights)

Day 9 - Tongariro NP (2 nights)

Day 10 - The Crossing hike, or short alpine walks.

Day 11 - Waitomo, Otorohanga bird park, Marokopa falls, Mangapohue natural bridge (2 nights)

Day 12 - caves and black water rafting adventures.

Day 13 - Raglan & Bridal Veil falls, surf beaches (overnight)

Day 14 - return to Auckland

Day 15 - depart.

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2. Re: Need help filling gaps in our itinerary :)

Thanks for the input, much appreciated!

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