We have 10 nights to spend in the North Island in early March. We are arriving by ferry from the SI and have a rental car. This is our projected plan. Any suggestions about alternative routes, drive times, things to see?
2 nights in Wellington
2 nights in Turangi to explore the Tongariro NP
2 nights in Thames, see some of Rotorua on the way
1 night near Auckland or Whangarei (just need to make way farther north)
3 nights in Far North near Kahoe...will need some down time after a month of travel
Day 11 drive back to Auckland on last day to catch a late afternoon flight.
Our interests are in hiking, kayaking, photography...not much into city life but okay in small doses.