We are travelling to the North Island in March 2010 and will be spending 18 nights in total and wondering if 5 nights is too long to spend in the Coromandel / Bay of Plenty area ? (To be honest, after all the research I've done, I think I could happily spend 5 weeks in the area !)
Planning on staying one night at Coromandel , two nights at Whitianga and then heading to Tauranga / Mount Maunganui for a night (maybe two ?). Then we will be staying at Whakatane for a night to do the trip to White Island.
Do you think we need the 2 nights at Whitianga, or should we do 1 night at Whitianga and then 2 nights at Tauranga ?
Is it possible to forego the night at Whakatane and stay at Tauranga the night prior to our White Island trip, or do you think that would be too rushed ?
Any advice would be fantastic.