We toured the north of the North Island for two weeks in October 2009. Lots of driving and walking and finding nice places to eat.
We travelled from Auckland to The Bay of Islands, then to Hamilton, Taupo and Rotorua and on to Napier. Final stop was Tauranga and Mt Manganui before meandering back to Auckland.
Thank you to a certain airline who offered us $90 seats and then upgraded us to business class – both ways. Pity the flight to New Zealand is so short!