We decided to complete the North Island Version of our NZ trip in 2018. We booked the air tickets about one year ago and had everything planned out late 2017.
Heading to Wellington (under construction)
NZ North Island Day 1 Highlight : Wellington Thorndon Farmers Market, Featheron, Greytown, Stonehenge Aotearoa, Te Mata, Napier Marine Parade at Night.
NZ North Island Day 2 Highlight : Napier Sunrise, Apple Orchard, Hasting Farmers’ Market, Lunch at Mission Estate Winery, Taupo Thermal Spring, Taupo Sunset.
NZ North Island day 3 Highlight : Spoon and Paddle Breakfast, Aratiatia dam water release, Thermal Park, Crater of the Moon, Huka Fall, Maori Rock Craving, Lone Star dinner.
NZ North Island Day 4 Highlight : Wai-o-tapo Thermal Wonderland, Waikite Thermal pool, Rotorua Eat Street, Huntington House.
NZ North Island Day 5 Highlight : Horbitant Movie Set Tour, Mill Reef Winery lunch, Sunset at Mt Maguranui, Birthday dinner at Dixie Brown.
NZ North Island Day 6 : Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Macadamia Orchard.
NZ North Island Day 7 : Muriwai Gannet Colony, Meeting relative at Mission Bay.
NZ North Island Day 8 : St Patrick’s Day, Lion Head sunset.
NZ North Island Day 9 : Auckland waterfront, Farmers Market, Rainbow Fall, Piahia Dinner.
NZ North Island Day 10 : Harrison Cape runner tour – Cape Regine, Sand dune sliding, Ninety Miles beach, BBQ dinner at Anchor House.
NZ North Island Day 11 : Avocado orchard, Howick and Chinese Temple, arrive Hamilton.
NZ North Island Day 12 : Berry Farm, Hamilton Market, shopping @ Te Awe, Home cook steak dinner.
NZ North Island Day 12 : Hamilton Balloon Festival, Waitomo Caves tour, Gothenburg dinner.
NZ North Island Day 13 : Hamilton Garden again, scenic drive to New Plymouth, dinner at social kitchen.
NZ North Island Day 14 : Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, Lens Lye Center, wellington Cuba Dupa art festival.
NZ North Island Day 15 : Farmers Market, Te Papa Museum, Weta Cave, return flight.