1. Auckland Airport Arrival - In March 2013 -
a, 2 of us arrive late afternoon, pick up hire car,[that day or next]. then start our 3 week visit heading south for Wellington.
b, Considering to stay near airport 1 night or drive a couple of hours South until about 7PM.
a, accommodation near airport or a pleasant place with all amenities south of Auckland?
b, a car hire company that is near to airport [or will have pick up point], also has no 'hidden' fees thus can have a stress free drive/visit.
2. Auckland Airport Departure - In March 2013 -
a, 6 of us [3 family couples] will end up staying in an apartment/cabin North of Auckland for 3 nights.
b, Night before the flight out, book in somewhere [1 night] near airport & amenities.
a, Any suggestions near a beach or nice place inland for the above 3 days
b, Place with pool, cooking facilities, suit 3 couples under 1 roof [self contained]?
c, Accommodation for last night with local amenities & NO hassles to get to airport next day.
PS. My sister has to be assisted with stick[s] when walking.