My friends and I will be flying into Auckland next Monday, May 24, and are needing suggestions for itineraries. This is a very last minute trip as we got great airfare from the States on Air New Zealand. $399 r/t US dollars from San Francisco.
We'll be in NZ May 24-29. I understand that isn't nearly enough time to see all or even most of it.
Where should we focus most of our attention? We get in 5AM Monday morning, so we can fly straight to Queensland or CHC to be based out of there.
Our interests are scenery and hiking. We don't party or drink. We'd like to go swimming somewhere hard to reach and possibly camp most of the nights. Would it be possible to split half/half North and South? In the North we would do Bay of Islands and just hang around Auckland. South we would fly to CHC or Queenstown and drive from there.