Starting from Auckland head north. If you only have a day drive to Warkworth and visit the wineries of Matakana and the Marine Reserve at Goat Island, Leigh.
If you have more time, allow a few days and drive north to Russell or Paihia. See the Bay of Islands and understand why fisherman Zane Grey loved this area.
Head back to Auckland and drive south, roughly 3 hours to Taupo or Rotorua. Rotorua is where you will find geysers and a lot of Maori culture. In Taupo see Huka Falls. Further on from Taupo is National Park where you can ski in winter or walk the Tongariro Crossing in summer.
Drive east and you’ll come to the Hawkes Bay where many of New Zealand’s famous wines are made. You’ll find the famous Cape Kidnappers golf course here as well as a bird sanctuary.
If you have another week, a trip to the South Island will stun you. If you liked the scenery in Lord of the Rings see it for yourself in the South Island. Head north from Christchurch and squeeze in a boat trip to see the whales at Kaikoura. Head south from Christchurch for Wanaka, Queenstown and see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
From Queenstown you can drive or bus to Milford Sound and see the incredible fiords.
If you have any questions about what to fit in and how to get about, feel free to email us. We will try to reply within 3 days.