My wife and another couple plus 9yo kid are thinking of flying down to Wellington from AKL and then driving leisurely back (one way rental car!) early Jan 2010. We are looking at spending two days/1 night in Wellington and then driving North with at least a stopover in Rotorua. As for the rest of the itinerary, we have no clue (yet!) as to which route we should take or what towns we should stop over at. All of us will be visiting NZ from the USA.
Any tips, ideas etc would be graciously appreciated.