We are coming into Auckland Nov 5 and flying out at 11pm Nov 12. The first two days will be in Auckland, but then we want to get out and explore. That is where I am struggling! We like to be outside, explore, hike, kayak and relax. We are not super interested in "touristy" areas. That said, the following is what has peaked my interest, Beaches west of Auckland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel, White Island and the Tongariro Crossing. I have a particular interest in the crossing, but also realize that the chance of it not occurring is also high due to weather conditions at the time. Knowing that I can't go north and south in our given time, what are the pros and cons of BOI and Coromandel in particular? I really appreciate input and if there is something that I havent listed but is highly recommended, I would be thrilled to hear about it. Thanks so much.