I have 2 nights between Coromandel peninsula & Auckland that I want to spend in the Rotorua / Taupo region. We are a family of 4, first time in New Zealand & are hiring a driver with vehicle for this part of the trip. I have 2 itinerary options, please give your recommendations :
Option 1 - Whitianga - Taupo - Auckland
Driver picks us from Whitianga at 11 am - drive on to Polynesian spa at Rotorua, spend 2-3 hrs in the city including spa - head on to lake Taupo. Night at Taupo. Next day, visit Hukka Falls & Wai o Tapu thermal wonderland. Night again at Taupo. Next morning leave for Auckland, via Waitomo caves.
Option 2 - Whitianga - Rotorua - Auckland
Driver picks us from Whitianga at 11 am - drive on to Wai O Tapu, spend 2-3 hrs here. Head back to Rotorua, spend night here - at a B&B outside town to avoid the smell. Next day, do Polynesian spa & redwood forest, maybe something else around rotorua. Night again at Rotorua. Next morning leave for Auckland, via Waitomo caves.
Which is a better option ? Travelling in April.
Looking forward to your inputs. Thanks...