We're heading to NZ next week (yay!) and staying overnight in Auckland. Next morning going to Coromandel Peninsula to see the sights, looking for a good place to stay. Any suggestions?? We like eating,, so must be near restaurant.
Also querying the next leg - we want to see Waitomo Caves and Rotorua, planned to stay 2 nights in Rotorua, head over to Waitomo, then on Hwy 5 to Napier to stay overnight before ultimately heading to Wellington to cross to Sth Island. Is Hwy 5 more or less scenic than the alternative way after Waitomo - Hwy 4 through the Tongariro NP?? All help gratefully received, want to maximise this experience.