In a month we are making a trip to New Zealand. We are landing in Auckland and taking off in Christchurch. We will travel around by camper and our ferry is already booked so we have 10 days on the North Island and 20 days on the South Island. This is what we came up with:
day 1: Arrival in Auckland - stay the night in the city
day 2: Camper pick-up in the afternoon - drive to Thames.
day 3: Thames -> Tongariro National Park through Matamata and Otorhango (maybe a stop at Waitomo caves)
day 4: Tongariro crossing
day 5: Tongariro -> Taupo -> Rotorua
day 6: Rotorua
day 7: Rotorua - East Cape
day 8: East-Cape to Gisborne
day 9: Gisborne - Napier
day 10: Napier - Wellington
day 11: Wellington
day 12: Ferry to South Island
A thing we still having doubts about is to visit East Cape. As alternative we could visit the Coromandel after Thames and skip the East Cape.
Please don't hold back with remarks and suggestions.
Thanks for your help!