Head south toward The Coromandel - where the locals go for their holidays. Check out the bush camping in the Kauaeranga Valley and the beaches on the northern coast. If the tide is low, you can make your own pool on Hot Water Beach. Follow the coast south to the fruit growing region of Tauranga before hitting Rotorua, the North Island’s most popular tourist destination – perhaps add in a visit to Hobbiton while you’re there. Last stop is Waitomo, one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders - a unique network of glowworm caves. Head back to Auckland via the Waikato region.