I will be traveling for work in Auckland for a couple days and then vacationing with my family for 4 days in Feb. I have two children (she will be 6 when we travel and my son is 3). My husband and I thought about taking the kids to Hobbiton for the afternoon and staying at a B&B close by in Rotorua. I've inquired with 124 on Brunswick, but looking for a backup if they cannot accommodate my family. We also thought about doing the Karamu Trail Package since it looks like a great experience for the kids and super affordable.
Would appreciate any insight on other recommendations for cultural activities/attractions before we travel back to Auckland and fly home to Hawaii. Also, any recommendations for those who have traveled from Auckland to Rotorua and Hamilton and rental car and experienced these places I just listed. I don't mind driving since the North Island looks absolutely beautiful. I only wish I had enough time to visit the South Island!