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five Days on North Island

We have 5 days Jan 26th from 3pm to Sunday 31 when we fly out of Wellington to nelson and the South Island. We arrive Tue. There are three of us on this trip. We booked a car on Wednesday 27th from 10am. So is it possible to drive up to Coromandel peninsula, Wednesday and Thursday to Rotorua then sleep Thursday & Friday night at Lake Taupo and Saturday drive from Taupo to Wellington?

Very grateful to those who know what this would be like for three adults in a car. copenhagenTravelbug

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What you are proposing is doable but it is a lot of driving. The weather is likel;y to be hot so if your car does not have A/C it could be hot and stuffy.

It takes a long time to get from A to B in New Zealand as we do not have an extensive motorway system. I always use and recommend Google Maps for trip planning. The times given are basic driving times and can be as much as doubled to allow for stops etc.

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Thanks for your reply. We will make sure to book a car with Air/con,thank you for that tip. The link on your reply to New Zealand sent me to a four day tour of "Lord of the Rings" drive, was that your intention. It does look like an interesting route, despite being all inland. I will look more closely at it. Also thanks for marking our card re state of roads and driving times. A bit like Ireland where we are from, you cant calculate the length of the drive from just the map or the miles given!

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I assume that you are starting in Auckland, in which case the drive you are proposing shouldn't be too bad. The longest stretch will be Taupo to Wellington, so just make sure you take your time with that one.

When visiting the Coromandel area for such a fleeting visit, it is not necessary to travel right up to the tip. You can get a good feel of our beaches by staying in the Southern part (e.g Pauanui), and then driving down the coast passed Whangamata and Tauranga on your way to Rotorua the next day.

The other slightly quicker option would be to skip out the Coromandel and stay at Mt Mauganui (near Tauranga) instead.

Have a fun trip.

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I too would go with the 1 night Pauanui/Tairua area (Wednesday), followed by 1 night Mt Maunganui (Thursday), and then 1 night Taupo. Rotorua can easily be covered after the short drive from the Mount. Taupo is always glorious, with lots of scenery and best thermal attractions between Rotorua and Taupo. During January, the stretch from Taupo to Wellington is not arduous. The air-con will see you all keep your cool over this long distance. Main thing is to resist the temptation to speed over the Desert road, and again along the Kapiti coast from Bulls onwards. At least you will have avoided the long weekend for Wellington and its anniversary (previous weekend to your journey).

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