Planning The Big Trip: The Second Leg – Touring New Zealand (North Island)

Apologies for not posting last week.  Unfortunately we’ve both been unwell with flu and then were really busy at work so didn’t have the time to write a post in the end.

As you know from our previous post, we plan on visiting New Zealand and Australia following our American road trip.  We’re also hoping to squeeze in a week long break to Fiji as a mini-moon since we did not have a honeymoon following our wedding.  Yes, we realise it’s a little odd to consider it a separate holiday but we thought as we would be driving a lot in both America, New Zealand and Australia, it made sense to have a beachy break in the middle.  Kelly has her eyes firmly fixed on the Outrigger on the Lagoon but we’ll have to wait and see if our budget can stretch to it first!

Today we wanted to run through our plans for exploring New Zealand North Island.  We’re planning on hiring an RV since that seems to be the most cost effective way to not only get about but also in terms of accommodation.

New Zealand North Island Road Trip Map

We’re planning on flying into Auckland and then heading north to enjoy the sights from Whangarei to Dargaville.  We also hope to take in some of the “Middle Earth” treats by touring Hobbiton as we travel across to the east coast.

Once we reach Napier, we’re planning on cutting back across the island through Taupo to the Waitomo Caves.  From here we’ll head down the west coast to New Plymouth working our way round Mount Taranaki before heading back inland to take in the sights at Tongariro National Park.

The final leg of our journey will take us past Tararua Forest Park before reaching Wellington.  From here we’ll make our onward journey to the South Island, but we’ll save the details of that for another day!

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