First off, thanks to everyone who posts here. I have read many helpful tips/ideas. Sorry this post is kind of long winded.
Trying to decide where to stay on arrival in Auckland. We arrive 6:30am in October. I'm traveling with my Dad (in his active 80's).Our plan is to go straight to a hotel to get some rest/shower etc. I don't plan to pick up a car until at least the next day.
Hotels won't always guarantee an early check-in and sometimes cancel or give away your reservation if you pay for the night before and "don't show" by a certain time. (considering Ventura Inn) Is this common in NZ?
We plan 4 days in Auckland, if we stay outside Auckland, is it a hassle to drive and park in Auckland? If we stay in Auckland, should I wait to pick up the rental car? What is the least hassle?
I was thinking the Langham if in Auckland. Or moving to a B&B outside Auckland after the first night near the airport.
We have 5-6 weeks. Normally I wing it but am getting paranoid as Dad gets on in years...