Like many of you, we have limited time on the North Island (7 nights). Our priorities are the Tongariro Crossing, Waitomo Caves, Kauri Forest and a hangi in Rotorua.
We would like to get on the water also and thought about going up to Paihia (Bay of Islands) for a 1/2 day cruise. B ut wondering if we could get a similar experience off the coast of Auckland?
Also, if we don't go north to the Bay we might want an alternative place to see the Kauri trees, but in a forest environment would be best.
Thanks in advance for advice!