We have a quick business trip to Mount Maunganui and are staying a night at Hahei on the way home. We will have a full day to drive from Hahei to Auckland before spending the night in the new Novotel at the Airport as our flight leaves at 7am the next day.
We are looking for advice on the most scenic route and somewhere nice to stop for breaks. Should we go via Coromandel and Thames or follow 25A along the bottom of the peninsula?
What about the western side of the Firth of Thames? Is going via Kaiaua and Kawakawa Bay worthwhile?
We will have already spent a day driving from Auckland to Mount Maunganui and then another from the Mount up to Hahei.