My fiancè & I have are first time travellers to NZ and will be on the North Island for 8 nights from 25th Dec.
We have a rough itinerary planned out, however I'm a little unsure about whether or not we should be staying in Taupo as opposed to Rotoura based on the activities we are hoping to fit in :)
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated - I've been reading through the forum to get some ideas, however so just after a bit of clarfication! We also have a car hired for the duration of the trip
2 nights Auckland -City sightseeing & a trip to Waiheke or Rangitoto
3 nights Rotorua - Whilst here, we want to go to Wai-o-Tapu, do white water rafting (any in particular??), visit Lake Taupo, Haku Falls & also do the Tongariro crossing... Is this achievable? If so, any recommendations as to which order? And, where would be most convenient to stay? I can easily make changes to our accommodation.
3 nights Paihia - We haven't really planned anything for this part of the trip. We've just heard that the Bay of Islands are very beautiful! We love the outdoors, water, being active - So if there are any suggestions for Paihia, they are most welcome.