Currently planning a 9 or 10 days holiday in North Island. Very interested in beaches but still unsure whether it's worth going up north to Bay of Islands.
Here is the plan up to now:
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland in afternoon, check in at hotel.
Day 2: Stay in Auckland and visit the city
Day 3: Drive up to Bay of Islands
Day 4: Explore Bay of Islands
Day 5: Drive to Coromandels (I know it's a very long drive...over 5 hours...but wouldn't mind stopping somewhere for an hour or two since I'll have a day assigned for this)
Day 6: Stay in Coromandels
Day 7: Drive to Rotorua (en route stop at Matamata for Hobbiton)
Day 8: Rotorua
Day 9: Rotorua
Day 10: Drive to Waitamo for the caves, then drive up to Auckland for flight (Flight should be around 6pm)
Any help/ideas are welcome....especially for Bay of Islands (is it recommended or is Coromandel enough??) and for the last day...the drive to Waitomo...is it worth the drive? Or should we go for an excursion whilst in Rotorua?
Thanks all :)