Hi all, I would appreciate some suggestions for touring North Island for Christmas this year. We will be leaving South Island on 27th December and will have until 31st December to get to Auckland where we want to be for New Year's Eve celebration. We would like to see the Rotorua / Matamata areas - Hobbiton, Waitomo glowworm caves and the thermal wonderland and ideally Coromande peninsula if we have time. We will be driving from Wellington (is it worth spending some time there?) with 2 girls aged 7 & 11. How long should we allow to spend in Auckland?
Any suggestions and recommendations would be more than welcome.