We are planning a drive holiday from Wellington to the top of the North Island. We will have a car and plan on staying in hotels or B&B's not a campervan. We have 9 days and have to meet some friends in Palmerston North on the second day. After that we are undecided where to stop. We are in our late 50's and are not into the extreme sports and I have a phobia about caves. We like the water, shows, museums, winery's and other such activities. I would be interested in seeing the movie sets of the Lord of the Rings such as the Hobbit Town. We don't plan on spending much time in Auckland as we have been there before. We are also not planning on hitting the Coromandle but heading straight up to the Bay of Islands. Could someone give me some ideas on what places would be good places to stop along the way? We will be flying out of Auckland at the end of the holiday.