I'm currently planning my itinerary for the north island.
Some background - I'm planning to arrive to north island on December 15th after a 6 week trip on the south island.
My current plan is (not by order):
Wellington - 1N
Tongariro and Taupo - 3N
Rotorua - 1N
Bay of Islands - 3N
Coromandel - 3N
Auckland - 1N (my last night..)
This plan leaves me another 9 nights. So a few questions about it:
- while I'm staying in BOI I plan one day of dives in poor knight, one day exploring BOI and one day traveling to cape reigna. I was thinking of basing myself in one place,
maybe paihia, so I would have the option to choose on which day to dive (depends on weather of course). Is this a good idea (drive time wise)?
The second one, and the big one is what should I do with the remaining days? I prefer going to Mt Taranaki than Napier area.
I would like to drive the forgotten highway and also maybe the river road in Whanganui. I don't want to do the 5 days river journey, maybe just a day of paddling.
Is it worth the trip to Whanganui if I'm not planning on doing the journey?
I tried to find sensible route which will include all the places mentioned above, plus the forgotten highway and river road, but didn't manage to do it.
I was also thinking of having a day trip to white island (maybe diving there, if it's worth it). I was also thinking of maybe adding an overnight stop somewhere on the west coast of northland, so I wouldn't have a very long drive from and to cape reinga at the same day, but I'm not sure it's really necessary.
Also, is waitomo really worth the trip more than other caves (like Te anau or abby caves)?
Since my stay at NI will be mostly during holidays I would like to book accommodation really soon, so I would appreciate any help with my itinerary.