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Wellington - Napier - Taupo?

Abbotsford, Canada
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Wellington - Napier - Taupo?

Would you recommend visiting Napier even though it is for a short time?

We are driving back to Auckland from Wellington. On the way south to Wellington we will have stopped in Tauranga, Rotorua, and Taupo.

We currently have a night booked in Taupo to split up the drive from Wellington to Auckland into 2 days.

Do you recommend we detour to Napier for general sight seeing and then drive west to Taupo? Or would you recommend we drive directly to Taupo and spend any sight seeing time in and around Taupo.

Thanks for your help! Just wondering if the detour to Napier is worth our while as we won't likely have time to do a wine tour etc.

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1. Re: Wellington - Napier - Taupo?

Why not do a "tiki-tour" you will have alrady seen down the middle of the island so take a different road back. It's a pity you can't stay a night in Napier as that will give you more of a chance to see the city. It would be a reasonably long drive, 7 hours to Taupo, but the scenery if varied. I would take SH2 through the Wairarapa region into Hawkes Bay, it's a quiter drive.

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2. Re: Wellington - Napier - Taupo?

It's only an extra 90 minutes-2 hour drive. Leave Wellington early, drive up through the Wairarapa as Zappers suggest (SH2), stop for a coffee in Greytown and press on to have a late lunch in Napier. Have a walk around the city centre and the foreshore before driving to Taupo.

There is a bunch of wineries south of Napier. While you probably won't have time to do a tour, you could stop at a couple for wine tasting (search google maps for "winery near Napier".

Another option is to take SH1 to Bulls, go across SH3 to Whanganui, and then travel up SH4. At National Park, take SH47 to Turangi, which will connect with SH32 that goes around the west side of Lake Taupo.

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3. Re: Wellington - Napier - Taupo?

Good advice, thank you!

Edited: 17 November 2010, 20:40
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