I'm planning to spend 5 nights in Auckland. I'd appreciate advice on the following:
(a) I arrive in NZ close to midnight - is it easy getting transport to a hotel downtown after midnight? How much will the cost be?
(b) My 2 priorities are to do the whale/dolphin cruise and nature tour. Is it better to stay downtown and near the harbour? But I need a quiet room and am prepared to pay a premium for good sleep.
(c) After doing the 2 things mentioned in (b), I go to Queenstown and then come back to Auckland before leaving NZ. I'll love to experience a farm-stay or boutique hotel near nature or the sea. Will it be costly to get from the airport to these places & will I be able to find eateries or convenience stores outside these lodging?
Any suggestions will be welcome, including booking for the dolphin/whale cruise and nature walk.