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Coromandel vs bay of islands

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Coromandel vs bay of islands

we are a family of 4- kids 1 and 5 years old and will be travelling to the north isl in mid april 2014 for 9 days over Easter time.

Currently thinking 2 days Auckland, 2 days Rotorua, 2 days Taupo\ waitomo. This leaves three days and realistically only enough for one of Coromandel\ bay of Plenty or Northland.

At this time of year is going to the beach \ swimming even a realistic option? You can be lucky in Sydney and i think Northland is the same latitude. Which has more to do with kids?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Coromandel vs bay of islands

I would suggest going to the Coromandel, that way you can always head to Hot Water Beach for a swim if the temperatures are a bit chilly.

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2. Re: Coromandel vs bay of islands

Hi bertiep,

Since you are going to be visiting areas south of Auckland, it makes sense to continue to explore the BOP region and its beaches, as well as seeing something of the Coromandel area.

If you switch your itinerary around to visit Waitomo Caves first, followed by Taupo nights and then Rotorua this will provide you with easy access to Tauranga/Mt Maunganui followed by the eastern side of Coromandel.

Hobbiton in Matamata, north of Rotorua is within reasonable proximity to Tauranga & Mt Maunganui. This attraction is popular with LOTR fans and small children with its animal farm as well as its Hobbiton shire. There are thermal pools at the base of Mount Maunganui. From the harbour city of Tauranga its a nice drive north to the Coromandel peninsula.

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3. Re: Coromandel vs bay of islands

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