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Auckland to Wellington and back

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Auckland to Wellington and back

Arriving Auckland early Dec. and looking to take in Rotorua, Taupo & Wellington over 8 days. Any help in making this first visit to NZ memorable would be appreciated. Due back in Auckland for flight out.

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1. Re: Auckland to Wellington and back

8 days is not a lot of time to cover Auckland to Wellington and back by car.

My suggestion would be to plan a 7 day route from Auckland, taking in Rotorua, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Wellington, and then fly back to Auckland on the 8th day.

You can easily do a one way car hire (Auckland to Welington) through several companies, I would suggest looking at Apex.

If you look on www.grabaseat.co.nz then you will see flight deals on there, and you might be able to get Wellington to Auckland for about $70 per person.

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2. Re: Auckland to Wellington and back

Welcome to the NZ Forum. Do you plan to hire a car or use public transport? Any particular interests? A generic itinerary over this route would be:

1. Arr AKL;

2. Sightseeing around AKL/day trip to Waiheke Island

3. Drive to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves (2N)

4. Sightseeing around Rotorua

5. Drive to Taupo via Wai-o-Tapu & Huka Falls

6. Drive to Napier (wineries?)

7. Drive to Wellington

8. Fly to AKL & home.

You could cut out Napier and drive straight to WLG on day 6, giving a full day in WLG; or you could move on to Taupo in the late afternoon of Day 4 to give more time in WLG. It depends on your interests.

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3. Re: Auckland to Wellington and back

Thanks, helpful info.

Intending to hire car so will have some flexibility.

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4. Re: Auckland to Wellington and back

We're due to fly into Auckland at around midnight on a Monday. Any advice on Shuttle Bus services which would take us from airport to city centre Hotel at this time?

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5. Re: Auckland to Wellington and back

Rather tahn fly back catch the scenic train- it's a great way to spend a day

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