I hate to bother people but have read & searched quite a bit and am still lost about an itinerary.
We fly into Wellington and plan to spend the first night there and then a few days skiiing at Mount Ruapehu (depends on whether Turoa and Whakapapa has the best snow at that time as to which field ie at the end of the season in October). Any suggestions for which town would be best to stay around the Mount?
After that we've got no real plans apart from wanting to spend some time in Auckland, Rotorua, Bay of Islands and possibly diving on the Poor Knights.
Thanks so much to anyone who bothers to reply to this...I'm a HUGE fan of TA and never travel without thoroughly researching it here first :o)
We also fly out of Wellington.