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Travel to North New Zealand

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Travel to North New Zealand

Dear All,

Firstly, I would like to thank you for this forum as its turning out to be quite helpful.

I am planning on travelling to New Zealand for my honeymoon in the beginning of November this year and have planned accordingly -

Land on the 5th of Nov in Auckland and stay in Aukland for the night.

6th Nov - rent a car and travel to Paihia (BOI)

8th - Checkout and travel to Whitianga (Self drive)

10th - Checkout and travel to Rotorua via Hobitton, spend night in Rotorua,

11th - Rotorua

12th - Checkout, travel to Auckland, spend complete day in Auckland

13th - Flight from Aukland to South New Zealand.

Please Advise.

Secondly, If I was to drop a destination in the above mentioned itinerary and add a day to Paihia and another day to the remaining destination, which one should i drop (Whitianga or Rotorua)

Your early reply would be highly appreciated

Thanks in advance

Christchurch, New...
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1. Re: Travel to North New Zealand

2N in each location looks good on paper but I think you have under-estimated the time to drive from Paihia to Whitianga! AAmaps gives 5:10hr, but that is just driving and assumes max legal speed. Practically it would be more like 6 hr. It is 400 Km and I would normally recommend 300 Km as maximum for one day's drive in NZ.

What time is your flight to the SI on the 13th? I recommend spending the night of the 8th in or near Auckland (Orewa or Snells Beach would suit).

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2. Re: Travel to North New Zealand

Thanks for the reply.

I have an early morning flight on the 13th november.

If I were to increase a day in Paihia and spend a total of 3 days there starting on the 6th and checking out on 9th, which place thereafter would you rather suggest me to go?

Rarotonga, Cook...
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3. Re: Travel to North New Zealand

Here is my suggestion, which builds on the comments from Zhuhai:-

5th November - Auckland.

6th & 7th Nov - Paihia

8th Nov - Orewa

9th & 10th - Rotorua

11th & 12th Nov - Whitianga

13th Nov - afternoon flight to South Island.

Centerville, Ohio
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4. Re: Travel to North New Zealand

We enjoyed Hobitton.

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