I will be visiting the north Island in March for 8 days and have done up an itinerary - any advice and/or suggestions are welcome! :)
Arrive AKL at midday.
Get Airbus Express to Waldorf Bankside Apartments
Explore Queen Street
Walk towards Quay Street & Viaduct Harbour
Dinner by the waterfront
Breakfast at Sky Tower
Explore Auckland city/central either by foot or hop on/hop off explorer bus
Get taxi to Apex Car Rentals
Pick up rental car and drive to Matamata for Hobbiton tour
Drive to Rotorua and check into Leisure Inn Rotorua
Skyline Rotorua for luge/gondola ride
Dinner at Fenton Street (?? aka Eat Street)
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forests after lunch
Tamaki Maori Village in the evening
Drive to Taupo
Orakei Korako Geothermal Wonderland
Check out Huka Falls and Lake Taupo
Possibly do jetboating at Lake Taupo
Drive back to Rotorua and explore Rotorua city/central
Polynesian Spa or Hells Gate Mud Spa in the evening
Drive back to Auckland to Apex to drop off rental car
Get taxi back Waldorf Bankside Apartments
Last minute souvenir shopping in the afternoon/evening
Check out of apartment and leave luggage there for the day
?? NOT SURE WHAT TO DO DURING THE DAY - any markets that we should visit?
Airbus Express back to AKL Airport for flight home in the evening
Please offer any advice and/or suggestions. Are there any major attractions that we have missed out that we should try and include? We were initially going to do a one way trip from Auckland/Rotorua/Wellington but have decided not to as my partner was against staying in a different city every night and having to pack our bags everyday and not being able to spend much time in each city and therefore missing out of major attractions.
Thank you all in advance!