I have a week in the North Island from 22nd December (I arrive late that evening) until the 30th (departing early morning). I arrive and depart from Wellington. I know a week isn't very long but I have been doing a bit of research on areas to go and so far have the following itinerary.
23 day in Wellington
24 leave for Hawkes Bay/Napier
25 Hawkes Bay/ Napier
26 early morning leave for Taupo/Rotorua
28 leave for Waitomo and go via Hobbiton
29 Waitomo in the morning possible black water rafting and then head to Wellington in the afternoon
30 Leave Wellington
Rather than doing a night in each place I would like to stay 2 nights in Hawkes Bay, 2 nights in either Taupo or Rotoura and 1 night in Waitomo.
Do you think I will be seeing a good selection of the North Island in 7 days?
Would you say it is better to stay in Taupo or Rotoura? I will drive to one I am not staying in to visit.
Thanks all for your help!