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From Bay of Islands to Rotorua

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From Bay of Islands to Rotorua

I am heading to NZ in April and am flying in to Auckland where I have 8 nites before I need to head to Rotorua for work. My plan was to stay in Auckland for 2 nites then head up to Russell for 3 nites and then make my way to Rotorua. As it seems like a very long drive from Russell to Rotorua I was wanting to stop for a few nites midway but not sure where.

Any suggestions? Does this itinerary sound feasible?

Thanks for the feedback.


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1. Re: From Bay of Islands to Rotorua

Hi, it is an 8 hour drive from boi to rotorua, I would suggest stopping somewhere north of Auckland like Orewa then pushing on teh next day the rst of the way.

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2. Re: From Bay of Islands to Rotorua

I think 8 hours is slightly overstating the distance - it is 6.5 hours from Paihia to Rotorua, a little further from Russell as you need to get the car ferry at the start of the journey.

So, probably 7 hours total.

I agree that Orewa would be a pretty good stopping off point if you did want to break the journey.

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