|Subject: Re: Auckland|
Auckland, itself is not the most interesting of area's and after about 2 days, you'll have seen it all. Have a look and see how far Rotorua would be......that would be a wonderful area to explore. I just can't recall how far the drive was. If it looks do-able in terms of your time frame, I highly recommend it. It's a fascinating area - with lots of thermals and geologic wonders, glow-worm caves are not far and some very interesting wildlife. We spent 5 days in that area and used it as a base for some great day trips.
I don't know if you have your Auckland lodging yet, but we stayed in a Bed & Breakfast in the Parnell area called the Chevron Chalet B& B. It was absolutely the *worst* B& B we ever stayed in. If it's on your lists of maybe's, then cross it off immediately.
Don't say I didn't warn you.