In February next year I am returning to NZ for the first time in nearly 4 years and as part of that trip I'm planning to take my sister away for a surprise birthday trip somewhere. I only have 5-6 days spare and have to be back in Auckland airport at the end of the last day. I wanted something a bit different and special for both of us. Budget is a bit flexible but not unlimted. Comments welcome!
Day 1: Drive from Tauranga to Hibiscus Coast, stay with relatives overnight.
Day 2: Drive to Paihia (how viable is it to go via the West Coast route and visits Tane Mahuta on the way? I know it is a long drive)
Day 3 - 5: Paihia/Russell etc
Day 6: Drive back to Auckland (fly out)
I'm also keen on ideas for unusual places to stay or quirky things to do. I've trawled the forum and the usual tourist sites (and have been to Paihia/Russell/Kerikeri once about 18 years ago!). So I have some ideas in mind of what we will do - we are both fairly active so kayaking, tramping and swimming with dolphis are all possibel so far. If I can afford it maybe even a scenic flight. So more looking for something a bit different along the way.