We will be in the Bay of Islands for a few days and our next stop is Rotorua. (March)
I was originally looking at a (night) stop over between the two but we'd rather spend extra time in Rotorua District and so skip the night break.
AA mileage Driving Times calculator tells me it would be 6 hr 10 min direct drive between the two places. Does this sound like ballpark timing? Is there something we'd really miss out on between if we took a direct drive?