Hello TA community!
We are planning a trip to the North Island November 8-14 and would like a reality check to make sure our plans are feasible within the time frame. Any suggestions and tips are much appreciated!
Day 1: Arrive Sat 11/8 midday and check in hotel in Auckland. Explore surrounding neighborhood
Day 2: Planning to book an Auckland full day Tour with New Zealand Tours. Pick up rental car.
Day 3: Head south to Bridal Veil Falls and on to Waitomo area to explore the caves (Spellbound or Waitomo-Glowworm is better experience??). Continue on to see Marokopa Falls/Natural Bridge. Then drive to stay overnight in Taupo. Would this be too much in one day? Should we find some place to stay closer to Waitomo and drive to Taupo in the morning?
Day 4: Assuming we are already in Taupo, we will drive to see Huka Falls and visit the Orakei korako Thermal park. How does this compare to the one in Rotorua? Should we skip Orakei and head straight to Rotorua instead? Staying 2 night in Rotorua.
Day 5&6: Any suggestions for activities in Rotorua? We have looked into the canopy tours, zorbing, and the Waiotapu thermal park. Any other suggestions are appreciated! Driving back to Auckland and staying overnight to catch a flight the next day.
Day 7: Return rental car and flight to Fiji midday.