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Wine and Hobbits - N.I. NZ itinerary plan

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Hi all: just booked a trip to the North Island of New Zealand for my family (traveling with kids and Lord of the Rings Fans). Here is the basic outline of our journey. We are traveling in early April 2014. We have our flights and hotels confirmed. Any further suggestions, places to eat, wineries to visit, best museums, kid based activities, easy trails, favorite shops (love artisan crafts, local foods), and not to miss highlights are appreciated.

Day 1 - Morning arrive in Wellington. Weta visit scheduled with Windows into Workshop Tour. Te Papa museum visit. Overnight Wellington.
Day 2 - Wellington Zoo (doing an animal encounter - a must do highlight for kids) and drive the Classic Wine Trail to Hawke's Bay. A few winery stops anticipated (more for me than my driving DH - love Pinot Noir). Maybe Tui Brewery stop for late lunch. I know this will be a long driving day. We'll take our time and enjoy the scenery and drive. Overnight Havelock North.
Day 3 - Guided customized tour through wine country with stops for art, walks, Maori culture, ice-cream (still in planning stages with tour company). Overnight: Havelock North
Day 4 - Drive through Taupo (possible jet boat excursion), end up in Rotorua. Overnight: Rotorua
Day 5 - Guided half-day fishing trip for me and kids (and hiking for DH). Overnight Rotorua.
Day 6 - Explore Rotorua, maybe go kayaking, Maori arts and crafts, thermal pools, hangi at Te Whakarewarewa. Overnight: Rotorua
Day 7 - Drive to Hobbiton, maybe visit Hamilton Gardens too. Overnight Hamilton
Day 8 - Morning in Cambridge, maybe Thoroughbred Lodge visit, Waitomo Caves in afternoon (Glowworm cave tour). Overnight: Hamilton
Day 9 - Drive to Auckland, visit Kelly Tarlton sea life aquarium, shop, late flight home.

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