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Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

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Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Hi all,

I could use a little help in planning in planning 4 days in north island. Hobbiton and Glowworm caves are a must. I am struggling on whether to stay in Auckland day 1 or make better use of time and head out of town to other areas. Budget not a concern. I am interested in more outdoors activities such as hiking / wildlife / bay tours etc.

Day 1 - Land in Auckland at 4.

Day 2 - ???

Day 3 - ???

Day 4 - Hobbiton / drive back to Auckland

Day 5 - Fly back to Sydney

Thank you!

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1. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Hi,

Wrong island.

Cheers,

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2. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Dependent upon time of year of your visit (ie not winter) you could consider :

Night 1 - stay near airport to collect rental car early morning Day 2.

Day 2 - drive Auckland to Tongariro National Park (drive time 4.5hrs without stops); afternoon hike, night at TNP

Day 3 - drive 50mins to Taupo for breakfast ; do Huka Jet Boat or Bungy or both! ; drive 2.5hrs to Waitomo Caves in time for afternoon tours/water tours etc. Night in Waitomo area.

Day 4 : drive 2hrs to Matamata for Hobbiton

Or vice versa day 3 & 4.

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3. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Assume you are landing at 4pm?

What time of year?

If in Summer with long day length it might be worth while driving to the Glowworm cave on the day of your arrival, but probably best to spend the first night in Auckland

Second day, drive to National Park, via the glow worms.

Third Day, National Park.

Day four: Head north Via Taupo, might have time for a attraction or two in Rotorua before seeing Hobbition and driving back to Auckland.

Day five: Fly back to Aussie.

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4. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Sorry, forgot to mention this trip will be mid July..so I imagine the summer activities are not feasible for the most part? Lading at 4p in Auckland.

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5. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Hi Amith,

day 1 - arrive Auckland, airport OR CBD accommodation

day 2 - collect rental from airport, OR CBD location, drive to Waitomo Caves for tour. Stay Hamilton overnight.

day 3 - Hobbiton tour, drive to Rotorua accommodation

day 4 - explore Rotorua thermals, drive to Auckland.

All the best for your short visit.

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6. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

July

Day 1: Arrive, spend night in Auckland.

Day 2: Dirve to Waitomo, takes around 2 1/2 hours from Auckland. Most of the tours can be done in about a hour, longer tours like Black Water rafting take longer (Black water rafting is sitting on tyre tubes and being pulled through a flooded cave), so nothing like Whitewater rafting.

You probably would have seen the caves by midday, so a visit to Maungatautari Ecological Island to try and see some of New Zealands endemic wildlife.. Might be wise to get accommodation nearby..

Day 3: Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua > Hobbiton > Auckland

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7. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

What time is your flight to SYD on day 5? Assuming you are flying in from the US, please don't drive on day 1:

1. Arrive AKL; explore Viaduct; dinner; early night;

2. Drive to Waitomo Caves & on to Taupo

3. Taupo to Rotorua via Wai-o-tapu Thermal Park;

4. Explore Rotorua

5. Drive to Hobbiton & back to AKL; fly to SYD.

Skip Taupo if you have to fly out earlier on day 5.

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8. Re: Suggestions on 4 days in North Island

Thanks for replies everyone. Day 5 is a wash, since I have to fly out of Auckland at 9. If I wanted to skip Rotoura, is it feasible to add a day around the Auckland Centennial park area? A co-worker suggested the beaches in this area as being spectacular and less touristy. I have a little less interest in hot springs areas, since Yellowstone back in the US looks similar. So..

Day 1: Explore Auckland

Day 2: Explore beaches west of Auckland and drive to Hamilton area

Day 3: Waitomo caves / Maungatautari Ecological Island / other suggestions? Drive to Matamata

Day 4: Hobbiton. Drive back to Auckland

Day 5: Back to Sydney and back to US :(

Is this reasonable?

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