I have the main itinerary based on this post and replies:
Now I'm working on different areas so I can book hotels before they get full.
So which place is good to stay in Coromandel area? I already see a suggestion for Whitianga. Would that be a good spot so I can go around and see what we should (parents with two kids, 8 and 11)?
While there, what is that we should not miss? We're folks that like to go around and see things and nature. We like beach, too.
Also, is there any chance to swim in the ocean in the second half of December - without freezing? We would be at Coromandel around 20th.
I see that the drive from Auckland would be via No. 1, then 2, and then 25.
Would using smaller roads via Matingarahi, Wharekawa and Miranda Hot Springs, and then jumping onto 25 be a mistake?