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North Island Itinerary...help!!!

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North Island Itinerary...help!!!

Hello fellow travelers!

Unfortunately, we have only 5 days in NZ and we will be traveling southbound to Wellington on a rental car. Below is the itinerary I arbitrarily planned out with some help, but I'm having doubts whether to skip the Mount and head straight to Rotorua to spend the night after driving around Thames/Coromandel. We are are intending on getting up at the crack of dawn to enjoy some of the places the different cities have to offer.

1-Auckland

2-Auckland/Waiheke island

3-Thames/Coromandel/Mount or Rotorua (overnight stay)???!

4-Rotorua/Taupo (overnight stay)

5-Martinborough/Wellington flight back to Auckland late for an early morning flight

I know this a very aggressive itinerary, but we want to see as much as we can on our trip to NZ.

Your suggestions will be appreciated.

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1. Re: North Island Itinerary...help!!!

Hi Nicholas,

You are correct - your itinerary is too much for a short timeframe.

Here's my suggestion

day 1 - Auckland sights

day 2 - day trip to Waiheke island

day 3 - Rotorua

day 4 - Napier

day 5 - Martinborough to Wellington

You will still see much on this route, plus you'll have time to enjoy some great activities in all these places. Otherwise there was too much driving involved. This site is realistic for distances and driving times - www.aatravel.co.nz/main/td-calculator.php

Edited: 31 January 2014, 17:32
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2. Re: North Island Itinerary...help!!!

Thank you Frangiappi! A NZ friend of our suggested that we go to Wellington via the dessert road to see a different perspective of the North Island. I know the itinerary is very ambitious, but don't you recommend Napier as opposed to Taupo?

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3. Re: North Island Itinerary...help!!!

Going via The Desert (not "dessert"!) Road is shorter by at least 1:30 hr, than going via Napier, but day 5 is much longer if you go from Taupo to Wellington (5 hr). I suppose you could stay at Turangi on N4.

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4. Re: North Island Itinerary...help!!!

Yes, that's what I thought. I obviously meant desert, not dessert...

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5. Re: North Island Itinerary...help!!!

Using Frangipani's suggestions :

day 1 - Auckland sights - possibly do Waiheke Island in the afternoon

day 2 - drive Auckland to Rotorua, afternoon/evening in Rotorua

day 3 - morning in Rotorua; lunch in Taupo; late afternoon/evening in Napier

day 4 - morning in Napier; late morning drive to The Wairarapa

day 5 - morning in the Wairarapa; lunchtime drive to Wellington; afternoon/dinner in Wellington; evening flight to Auckland

You don't say what time of year you will have your 5 days in the North Island. If winter, there's always the chance that the Desert Road will be closed due to snow and ice (or at least closed overnight and early mornings). If coming summertime you will have more daylight hours for sightseeing at each stop; generally not dark until 8.30pm in summertime.

BTW - Napier is sister city to Santa Barbara so this may give you some idea of Napier!

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