I am finalizing a 14 day NI itinerary for two adults and one child in February 2015.
Dawn of Day 6 we will be in Thames, having just finished our tour of the Coromondel Peninsula. We will check out of hotel and head to Matamata to spend the day at Hobbiton. From there, I had planned to go on to Tauranga for one night. The next day, Day 7, we would hike Mt. Manganui, go to the Waimarino Adventure Park, and then head to Rotorua for lodging. Day 8 would be spent in Rotorua, then on Day 9 go to the glow worm caves at Waitomo, before heading on to Lake Taupo.
The problem is that I'm now thinking 1 day in Rotorua is not enough. We would like to see the geysers/volcanic parks, do a zip line tour and perhaps the Zorb. Ideally we would also do a haka/hangi in the evening. I don't think it's possible to do all of that in one day. And I am sure there are plenty of other things we might like to do in Rotorua that I haven't discovered yet.
Should I ditch the night in Tauranga and go directly to Rotorua from Hobbiton on Day 6? My daughter (age 7) loves to swim so I think she would enjoy the park at Waimarino, but I might be weighting this attraction too heavily. Is Mt. Manganui/Tauranga area worth the sacrifice of an extra day in Rotorua?
Thank you for your help!