My husband and I are travelling to the North Island with our 3 children (11yrs, 9yrs & 6yrs old) in late August/early September for 11 days and I am hoping someone can help with a good driving itinerary and suggest places we must go and stay or see whilst visiting.
We fly into and depart from Auckland and we will be hiring a car from the airport. My idea at this stage is to definitely spend a few days in Rotorua and use this as our base for a few day trips as there seems to be a lot we can do with the kids - usually within an hour's drive.
We are also interested in visiting the Waitomo Caves and thought perhaps we should spend a couple of days in that area and/or down around the Napier area.
Any suggestions of routes we should take or places we should stay would be great. Also any advice on the weather at this time would be great as I am imagining any beach/water sport type activities will be out (unless of course they are thermal pools!)
We are all really looking forward to our trip to NZ.