We are spending 10 days touring the South Island and are looking to spend about four days in the north. We have put together a rough itinerary and want to know if it is realistic, since I tend to pack too much into a trip (from desk research). We decided to go south from Auckland, rather than to Waipoua Forest and Bay of Islands...
Day 1 Auckland - ferry to Rangitoto Island, tour city
Day 2 Drive to Rotorua - see Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach & Mt Maunganui on the way
Day 3 Rotorua - thermal areas and Maori culture/Hangi
Day 4 Drive back to Auckland via Waitomo - Marokopa Falls, etc., do caves?(we will have seen glowworms in Te Anau)
Take late evening flight from Auckland.
Is this realistic?