I am planning an 7 day vacation in August to the North Island and had my itinerary set as follows:
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland early am; Auckland Museum and Skytown;
Day 2: Drive to Rotorua via Hobbiton
Day 3: Explore Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu and Redwood Forest; Drive to Taupo to sleep
Day 4: Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Day 5: Explore Taupo: Huka Falls, Geothermal Power Plant
Day 6: Drive Taupo to Auckland via Waitomo
Day 7: Leave Auckland midday
I was set with this itinerary until this morning when I discovered that I can go on a 2 hour cruise in an America's Cup sailboat in Auckland. I am a big sailing fan and am now set on this idea but I don't know how I can fit it in--I am also set on the Auckland Museum. The sailing tours are only available at 1pm in the winter and run 2 hours (unless I am unaware of another sailing tour). Do I thus need to spend another day in Auckland? And, if so, can I combine any days on my trip (maybe accomplish days 3 and 5 in one day if I cut out the redwood forest)?
Any help is sincerely appreciated.