We are flying into Auckland from the UK in April 2020 and staying for 3 weeks. This includes Easter. It will be myself, my husband and our children (who will be 5years old and 3 years old)
I realise that many people split their trips between the north and south island but we are thinking of staying on the North Island for the duration of our trip and do a South Island trip next time. Giving us more time to explore and not stretching ourselves too much. We are visiting friends who live in Napier and will stay with them for a few days but this is flexible in terms of when and for how long. They are also able to meet us during some of our trip.
We were initially thinking of hiring a motorhome so we could have some flexibility and prepare some of our own meals, only unpack once etc but am currently thinking that car hire may be the better option? Any family friendly accommodation recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
I would also like some recommendations about child friendly places to see and activities to do. We like beachs, water, walking and are quite active. We would not be able to do whole / half day hikes with the children but would love to do some more easily accessible ones. We have a dog and regularly go out walking in the UK.
Also realistic intinary suggestions.
Thank you :-)