The more I read about Rotorua, the more I want to see!
2 nights Auckland
Pick up rental car and visit Hobbiton and Wairere Falls
3 nights Rotorua -- How can we not spend 2 full days here with all the great choices?
Now the decision making. We are a family of 3 with an 18 year old daughter traveling in June. This will be her graduation present, and we love LOTR. The final important destination is Wellington to see WETA Workshop and to see LOTR filming locations. How to get there? We will need 2 nights there.
First option is to drop off the car in Rotorua and fly to Wellington. But then a reliable Rotorua poster said that the airport can often be closed by cloud cover year round. That would be a real bummer for our plans in Wellington but would save a long day of driving. What is the probability of this happening in June?
The next option is to drive straight to Wellington in one day.
The final option is to add 1 night, drive from Rotorua, enjoy Huka Falls and Taupo, and spend the night in or around Tongariro NP and enjoy the mountain walks and views. Next day drive on to Wellington. My concern is whether we could experience enough snow around TNP to disrupt this plan. Where would be a logical place to stop for the night?
I could really use some advice and look forward to hearing from those who know. Thanks!