I'm flying to Auckland in mid-October and spending 18 days with little in the way of plans right now. My thoughts were to rent a car and drive around North Island for about 5 days, take the ferry from Wellington, and then the train from Picton to Christchurch where I'll pick up a campervan for the rest of my trip exploring South Island. I'll have a couple of days in Auckland at the very end.
A couple of questions:
- My North Island tour was to go to Bay of Islands, then Coromandel Peninsula, and then ending in Wellington. Would 5 days be sufficient?
- I've booked hotels for Auckland and Wellington, as well as my rental car, but am thinking of not booking hotel rooms in advance. Will I be able to find non-hostel lodging along my way without difficulty? It will be in mid-October, and I'm pretty flexible as to where to stay. My budget is also flexible.
- Any tips on must sees along the way?