My husband & I are flying into Auckland and will be on the NI for 3 full days before flying to Queenstown. Our original plan was as follows:
Day 1: arrive at 5am - recover from flight, explore a bit of Auckland
Day 2 - drive to Rotorua, see thermal area, stay overnight
Day 3 - drive to Waitomo, go blackwater rafting & explore caves, return to Auckland in evening
After researching more, now we're starting to have second thoughts if its worth the trip to Rotorua. I've been to Yellowstone (DH has not yet) and not to compare, but I'm wondering since I've already seen thermal areas if we should pass Rotorua? Also, I've heard it's an extremely touristy place. I would just like some insight as to whether it's worth our time since our days are very limited. We could instead explore more of Auckland such as black sand beaches, etc. Thanks!