DH & I decided upon NZ this year for our holiday. It's been at the top of our list for awhile now, and my little brother is currently doing a semester at Uni. Of Auckland, so we thought this would be the perfect time to visit. I'm trying to finish up our North Island itinerary, but I'd love some input and suggestions where you see fit. We are 36 & 42, healthy, and are up to almost anything but super adrenaline stuff like bungee jumping.
Oct. 21 arrive AKL @7:30am. Drop off luggage at Skycity hotel. I'm going to see about the possibility of early check-in because I know I will be a zombie. If not, probably head off to a cafe.
Oct. 22 explore the city with little bro.
Oct. 23 Day trip from the city via public transport or coach. There seem to be many options! I'm leaning towards Paihia.
Oct. 24 check out of the hotel, Pick up the car hire and head out to Hobbiton. Stay overnight in Taupo.
Oct. 25 Drive to Rotorua for the day to see the geothermal grounds (or would half a day suffice? and we spend time in Taupo) Overnight in Taupo.
Oct. 26 Get up super early & drive to catch a tour boat to White Island. Overnight in Taupo again. This is where DH & I slightly disagree. I think driving fromTaupo to Whakatane in the a.m. and then back again afterwards might be too much. DH thinks it will be just fine and he would rather use Taupo as a base. I will be fine with this if you all think this is doable. After all, I don't drive, so he gets a little bit more say in the matter.
Oct. 27 Check out from Taupo hotel and head up to Waitomo to see the glow worm caves. Head back to Auckland. We have to get the car back by 5pm, though we have no problem paying the late fee if need be. Check into Skycity hotel.
Oct. 28 early afternoon flight from AKL to Queenstown. (Itinerary in the works)
If there is anything else we should do or stops along the way we should make time for? We are nature lovers, like hiking, water, etc. Thanks!