My hubby and i will be going to the North Island in October for 15 days for our honeymoon and even though i have lived over there before in Hamilton and Auckland respectively, i'm not sure how long and where we should spend out time over there. We will be hiring a Spaceship and travelling around the North Island only. We thought the South Island would be a little too ambitious on that time frame. My partner is a Geologist so he will enjoy the Thermal area's. Thing it i'm abit stressed about where to spend the time we have there and how long it will take to commute around the island without seeming rushed a draining.
Guess i'm asking what parts are essential viewing and where should i go and roughly for how long? Are there some parts that you wouldn't waste your time on? Does anyone have any route suggestions and what we must see and not bother to see?
thanks heaps for any help in advance!
2 days at wiatomo caves awsome.
2 days of days up at paihia check out the dolphins.
taupo maybe a sky dive 2 days
rotorua 2 days
wellinngton 2 days
There is 10 days just in those places there is more on top of that to see as well.
hope thats some help
If you like walking I'd recommend doing the Tongariro crossing - it's an amazing walk and can be done in a day. Also, White Island which is off the East Coast is excellent -it's an active volcano so I'm sure it would be perfect for your husband but a non - geologist would find it fascinating too. I'd also recommend the Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Wellington. Napier is a nice city; it has some interesting architecture and some enjoyable wine tours on offer. I was disappointed with the Waitome Caves. 15 days would be enough to do most or all of the above; perhaps something like this might work:
- 2 days Bay of Islands
- 2 days Auckland (as you'd have to go back this way anyway)
- 2 days Rotorua
- 4 days on the East Coast exploring White Island and Napier
- 2 days Wellington
This would allow for driving times too.