Hi all, me and my three boys (15, 13 and 8) are coming out arriving 12th Dec.
My husband will have been working in Auckland for a fortnight before we arrive. Our return flight departs 28th December. Please could you comment on our plans.
Dec 12th Arrive Auckland (Park / Beach)
Dec 13th Drive to Matamata for Hobbiton tour then on to Rotorua.
Dec 14th Thermal park (Waiotapu)
Dec 15th Day out from Rotorua at Waitomo caves
Dec 16th Luge & travel towards Ruapehu for overnight stop.
Dec 17th Travel to Wellington
Dec 18th Te Papa etc.
Dec 19th Karori / Botanical Gardens
Dec 20th Rings Tour (via sat nav rather than guide)
Dec 21st Travel northwards to somewhere with a beach.
Dec 22nd Day on beach
Dec 23rd Travel back to Auckland
Dec 24th Rangitoto
Dec 25th Beach? or suggestions please.
Dec 26th NInety Mile beach (or is it too far?) Kauri Forest?
Dec 27th Perfect Day snorkelling Poor Knights or Goat Island?
After the 19th the plans get a bit hazy, but we'd like to include some snorkelling and a Rangitoto visit.
Also is it better or cheaper to book activities when my husband gets there? We are trying to stick to a budget.
Has anyone done Goat Island and Perfect Day and can compare them for us please.
We're planning a mix of types of cheap accom. and may have use of an apartment in Auckland CBD over the Christmas week.
Thanks in advance for your comments.