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5-6 Day itinerary for North Island

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5-6 Day itinerary for North Island

Hi guys,

This will be our first time in NZ and unfortunately we only have 5-6 days to experience the north island. We pick our campervan up on a Sunday morning in February from Auckland and need to be back in Auckland the following Friday.

What's everyone's recommendations regarding places to visit, stay overnight or just to drive by and take in the scenery? One thing we would like to do is visit the Lord of the Rings site. Other than that we're not really sure.

Help please and thank you in advance.

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1. Re: 5-6 Day itinerary for North Island

For LOTR sites, you need to venture south of Auckland. Here's one suggestion, including places to stop overnight:-

day 1 - collect camper, drive to Waitomo for caves tour, visit nearby scenic attractions, and overnight.

day 2 - Tongariro NP area or National Park village (Mt Ngauruhoe = Mt Doom).

day 3 - Turangi to Taupo

day 4 & 5 - Rotorua

day 6 - Matamata (Hobbiton) to Auckland.

If you need to be back in Auckland earlier on Friday, you could visit Hobbiton as a morning or afternoon trip from Rotorua on day 4 or 5 instead.

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2. Re: 5-6 Day itinerary for North Island

Where are you flying in from? Please do not drive on day 1 if you have come from further afield than eastern Australia. If you need to be at AKL earlier than midafternoon on Day 6, reverse the above itinerary:

Day 1 Arr AKL; rest

Day 2. Drive to Hobbiton & then on to Rotorua (2N - approx 3:30 hr driving)

Day 3. Rotorua

Day 4. Tongariro NP (Mt Doom - approx 2:30hr)

Day 5. Drive to Waitomo Caves; cave tour & continue on to Hamilton for the night (approx 3:15 hr driving)

Day 6. Drive to AKL (approx 1:30 hr)

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3. Re: 5-6 Day itinerary for North Island

We arrive in Auckland on the Saturday and are staying at a friends that night. Then leave early Sunday morning in the campervan. We need to be back in Auckland by 2pm on the following Friday to drop the campervan off and gave a 1 night stay in the CBD. Fly out the next day.

Do you think attempting any locations north of Auckland is a good idea, or would it involve to much travelling?

Thanks

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4. Re: 5-6 Day itinerary for North Island

You could do Northland/Bay of Islands INSTEAD of Rotorua/Taupo but not as well in only 6 days in a slow camper van, without rushing and you'd miss the LOTR sites around TNP.

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