TRAVEL: NEW ZEALAND TIPS?

I’ve been wanting to explore New Zealand for years, and so when our friends decided to get married there we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a bit more time to travel around and relax.  With the trip quickly approaching (we leave next week) and no planning done as yet, I thought I would reach out to you, dear friends, for ideas.

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We’ve always been a fan of a road trip, designated driver issues aside, in certain countries it’s the best (and only) way to really get to know all the nooks and crannies. The problem with these sort of holidays, somewhere like New Zealand, is that there is just soooo much to see and do that you want to go absolutely everywhere – which can mean you spend more time driving than anything else.

We’ve got 7 days, flying in and out of Auckland, and I’m hoping to do the best bits, without doing tooooo much and spending the whole time with car seat induced numb-bum.  We’re keen to see the most beautiful parts of country – although with only a few days I think it’s most likely we’ll stick to the Northern Island (but happy to hear about any South suggestions you have!) – from the beaches to the forests, do some hiking, eat some yummy local food and find the best spots in the cities.  We’re on the lookout for sweet little boutique hotels and eateries (I’ve instantly fallen for this cool joint in Waiheke), places with character and any thoughts you have on the best route for our trip.

We’re currently looking  a few options:

  • Auckland for a few days and then Waiheki, head north to Bay of Island, 90 Mile beach and then around to the Coromandel area, then back to Auckland.
  • From Auckland travel to Rotorua, Lake Taupo and then heading on to Wellington (although this would be much more driving)
  • Seeing the area around Napier and the East Coast

Even though google can help you plan your trip it’s just so amazing to have first hand travel tips from you guys – so I thought I would reach out.  If you have any ideas, I would be ever so grateful! :)