Me and my husband are going to be taking an 18 hour flight to reach New Zealand. We will be coming around 1st June and staying for approximately 10 days. I am completely clueless about the routes and all my info and itinerary planning is internet based so please guide me and correct me regarding this trip.
We are a couple who wants to do adventurous activities like sky diving, water sports but nothing of the hiking or trekking sort. We mainly enjoy malls, shopping, good restaurants and city life also. We want to stay in good resort hotels.
Assuming we reach Auckland on the 1st
1st - 4th - stay in Auckland and explore the city
4th morning - drive to Lake Taupo via Waitomo caves (this can be done in a day right?)
4th night we reach Lake Taupo and then till 6th we stay there
6th morning - Leave lake taupo and drive back to Auckland via Rotorua
(Is rotorua even worth seeing? If yes then can it be done within a day so that we can reach auckland by the 6th evening? If that is not possible then we stay the night in rotorua? How else can rotorua, waitomo and lake taupo be planned? PlEASE HELP! ) Bear in mind that the only reason we need to go back to Auckland is to catch a flight to Queenstown. If we can get a flight there from Lake taupo then please let me know about that also.
6th night - presuming we see rotorua during the day and reach Auckland by night
7th morning - flight out to queens town and stay there till 11th
On 11th we plan to leave New Zealand. So, can we get a flight out of country (Singapore on Thai Airways) from Queenstown or will we have to fly back to Auckland and then get a flight out of the country?
Any sort of help will be much appreciated! Thank you!!
If you think this is too much traveling in too little time or it will get too hectic to do all this please do let me know as we don't want to rush but this is more of a relaxing trip for us. Also please guide us according to the weather. Which areas will be pleasant to visit and which won't.
Alternatively, i can just stay in the North Island and skip Queenstown altogether and instead explore Bays of Island or Waiheke island nearby Auckland? But is the weather feasible for that?