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Draft itinerary for Auckland-Rotorua-Taupo-Hamilton-Auckland

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Draft itinerary for Auckland-Rotorua-Taupo-Hamilton-Auckland


We have already confirmed our motel bookings as it was included in our self-drive package. Would like to get comments on our itinerary and if there is any extra nuggets of information, please share =D

Day 0: 03 Mar (Sunday) - Singapore ->Auckland

- Arrive in Auckland 11.35 local time

- Check into Oakwood Manor Motor Inn

Day 1: 04 Mar (Monday) -Auckland-Rotorua

- pick up rental car from Hertz at airpot at 8am

- Stop by Cambridge (The town of trees) for a break at the gardens around Lake Koutu (aka Te Koutu Lake)

- shop at Cambridge country store

- drive to Hobbiton (Shire's rest) for the 12 pm tour. Lunch at Shire's rest

-Onward to Rotorua, 2 hours drive

- Check into Union Victoria Motel

-Polynesian Spa

Day 2: 05 Mar (Tuesday)- Rotorua

-Kiwi360 (Kiwi Farm)--> Seems that the reviews on tripadvisor are not good. Are there are other kiwi fruit farms to recommend?

-Comvita visitor centre--> are the prices of comvita much cheaper here than supermarkets? I am assuming that comvita is readily available in NZ supermarkets.

-Agrodome ( Farm Show + Farm Tour Combo)

-Waimangu Volcanic Valley

-Kuirau Park

-Tamaki Maori Village

Day 3: 06 Mar (Wednesday) -Rotorua-Taupo

-Wairakei Park (Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon)

-Huka Honey hives

-Onward to Taupo

-Check into Acapulco Motor Inn

-Tea break at Salute Taupo Cafe & Deli

-Should we go to lake taupo or Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley)?

Day 4: 07 Mar (Thursday) - Taupo-Hamilton

-Waitomo Glow worm Caves (Spellbound Tours)

-Onward to Hamilton

- check into Boundary Court Motor Inn around 4.30pm.

- BLANK-->Any suggestions on what we can do here?

Day 5: 08 Mar (Friday) -Hamilton-Auckland

- still under construction =)

Day 6: 09 Mar (Saturday) - Auckland-Singapore

- still under construction =)

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1. Re: Draft itinerary for Auckland-Rotorua-Taupo-Hamilton-Auckland

On day 1, Cambridge is out of the way to Matamata. You could pass through Cambridge on day 4 between Waitomo & Hamilton.

On day 2, I doubt that you can fit in all those activities. Kiwi360 is not in Rotorua but Te Puke, about 1 hour away. My Chinese students enjoy it but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it. You really have too little time to enjoy Rotorua. Consider visiting Waimangu or Wai-o-tapu on day 3 instead.

On Day 4, or 5 don't miss the fabulous Hamilton Gardens. They are open 7:30am- 8pm.

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2. Re: Draft itinerary for Auckland-Rotorua-Taupo-Hamilton-Auckland

If you intend to go to one of the larger thermal parks (Waimangu, Wai-o-tapu, Orakei Korako) don't bother with Craters of the Moon.

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Thanks for the suggestion! We have just returned from our trip. We stopped by Craters of the Moon since we were already at the nearby Huka Falls. Indeed, Craters of the Moon can be skipped if we have already seen Wai-O-Taipu thermal wonderland.

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