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Ideas for 5 night stat in early Nov

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Ideas for 5 night stat in early Nov

Hi all,

Wife and I will be travelling over from AUS for a 5 night stay in north island from 31-Oct onwards.

I have been to south island before but first time in north island.

We will be flying to and from AKL.

Some ideas I had...

THU 31/10: Arrive AKL at night

FRI 01/11: Explore AKL city attractions/sights (ideas appreciated)

SAT 02/11: Drive to Rotorua (thermal springs etc) - stay overnight Rotorua

SUN 03/11: Daytrip from Rotorua to bay of plenty/ wineries

MON 04/11: Daytrip to Lake Taupo

TUE 05/11: Drive back to AKL .. catch flight around 1pm

Basically.. looking at staying 2 nights in AKL and 3 nights Rotorua (possibly can switch it around e.g. 3 AKL 2 Rotorua etc).

Also looking at getting a hire car.

Any ideas/tip appreciated.

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1. Re: Ideas for 5 night stat in early Nov

Spend more time in Rotorua. You won't regret it. There are several thermal parks on the road to Taupo - Waimangu, Orakei Korako, Wai-o-Tapu that you could check out. From memory the Lady Knox geyser at Wai-o-Tapu erupts at 10am.

Also north of Taupo the Aratiatia spill is a very impressive sight. Water is released at 10, 12 and 2pm, and at 4pm in the summer. Nearby you can drive up the Wairakei Road to see the steamfield for the nearby geothermal power station. It's quite impressive seeing the roadside drains steaming away.

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2. Re: Ideas for 5 night stat in early Nov

There are only a couple of wineries in the Bay of Plenty region. Waiheke Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf would be a better place to explore wineries, taking a half day tour with one of the operators located on Waiheke - http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/.

Rotorua and Taupo combined have lots of attractions and activities to explore. Your 3 days there will pass by quickly, and all the thermals identified by Weta above are delightful. Kuirau Park located right in Rotorua with its public open spaces and mud pools is very accessible. The formal Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum located near the lakefront are another wonderful city attraction.

Enjoy your flying visit - early November is a nice time of year for your itinerary. A rental car may not be necessary for Auckland, but it's the best way to tour Rotorua and Taupo from Auckland.

Edited: 10 September 2013, 03:16
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3. Re: Ideas for 5 night stat in early Nov

I was struggling to think of wineries in the BoP - spend the time in Rotorua instead and spend your Auckland day on Waiheke Island.

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4. Re: Ideas for 5 night stat in early Nov

I would suggest spending your 3rd night in Taupo to make a cicrle rather than so much backtracking:

1. Arr AKL

2. Day trip to Waiheke

3. SH 1 to Taupo

4. Taupo to Rotorua via wai-o-tapu thermal park (2N)

5. Explore Rotorua, Blue & Green Lakes, Maori hangi & show etc

6. Early start back to AKL

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