Hello TA experts!
I need your help in looking over my itinerary and suggestions as to where I should overnight.
I am arriving at Auckland at 10 pm on 2/14 and like to visit Hamilton Gardens, Raglan, Hobbiton, Rotorua before heading back to Auckland for a city tour on 2/17 and then embark on cruise on 2/18. Is that too much too much for 3 days 2 nights? How much time to allocate for the Hamilton Garden tour, Hobbiton, and Agrodome? Will I have time to visit Waitomo and Tauranga? Which Maori Village is better - Whakarewarewa or Tamaki Maori Village?
My dilemma is picking up car rental at Thrifty at airport and dropping off at Auckland downtown. Since I arrive at 10 pm, I cannot drop off the car at downtown Auckland that late since they are open till 6:00 only. That is why I am staying overnight at AKL until I can pick up the car the next morning. Anyone knows if the downtown location have after hours return and have a drop box for the key?
Here is my draft itinerary:
2/14 Arrive AKL at 10 pm. Stay near airport
2/15 Pick up rental car at AKL and drive to Hamilton Gardens then to Raglan and then to Hobbiton in the afternoon. Overnight here or Rotorua?
2/16 Drive to Rotorua and visit Agrodome and Lake and stay one night.
2/17 Drive back to Auckland city. Drop off car at Thrifty downtown.
Thank you in advance for your help and any suggestions are most welcome.