We are planning a road trip in NZ for 5-6 days. We will land in Auckland and will return from there itself (so first day and last day we have to be in Auckland). My girlfriend likes beaches and I am fond of a scenic drive. Can anyone suggest what is the best itinerary for such a trip? we will be visiting in December and plan to hire a car to drive around. we were thinking of spending a day in Auckland and then drive to Rotorua, Taupo and finally Napier. However I have no clue whether we will get nice scenic drive and if there are any nice beaches.
Thank you for your help