This is my very first time planning a road trip! Both me and my friend have not been to NZ before, so this is all new to us! Since this is our first time, it would be really helpful if any of you could kindly look at our itinerary and give us some feedback =) thanks!
Some background info:
- We are both girls from Hong Kong
- We try to avoid driving at night just to be safe
- We wish to see as much as we can as we couldn't have a longer holiday :(
Breakfast @ any café in Vulcan lane--- Visit the CBD Landmarks such as Queens road, K road, Town hall, Ferry building etc )--- Rent a car--- Mount Eden or Cornwall Park--- Find a place for dinner---(anything special at night? )---Hotel
Drive down to Marokopa Falls (3.5 hrs Drive)--- visits the Marokopa Falls, Bridge for ~ 1 hour---Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Cave by tour @1100 (~4 hrs) --- drive to Tongariro National park (2 hours) @ 1530-1730--- (probably nothing much to do @ night, just prepare for tmr)--- Rest early
Guided Tongariro Crossing (~8 hrs) OR Skiing (depending on weather) @Mt. Ruapehu or Whakapapa (~8 hrs)
To Taupo (1.5hrs early drive)--- Spa Park (start @Taupo Bungy (just watching lol), Huka Falls, Aratiatia, Huka Honey Hive etc) ~6 hrs in Taupo area --- To Wai-O-Tapu (50 mins drive), stay for 2.5hrs--- To Rotorus ( 40 mins drive) stay overnight
Cycling Rotorus Tour @ 8:00 (3 hours) --- Maori cultural experience and Short tour on Redwood forrest or Waimangu Volanic Valley ( not sure but roughly ~4 hours in total) ---- To Tauranga @15:00 (1.5 hrs drive)--- check in @16:30--- short walk along the beach--- stay overnight in Tauranga
Attempt Mount Maunganui Summit Track--- Main street shopping and Farmer’s Market (stay till 1400)--- To Ngatea (2 hrs drive) break for 30 mins --- To Manukau area (1.5 hrs drive), break for dinner--- Auckland Airport (Flight @ 23:00)
This is merely a rough guide. I can foresee myself not being able to finish them all. :P I am prepared to stay at one spot longer or skip 1 or 2 places. Would be great if you guys could share your thoughts on this itinerary.