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Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

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Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

We plan to spend a few days in the Bay of Islands but the time to travel between Rotorua and Bay of Islands is a little overwhelming to do in one stretch. Where would be a good spot to spend the night? We do like coastal places but anywhere with history or an atmosphere would be good. I'm travelling with my elderly (but young at heart) mother and teenage daughter. Thanks

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1. Re: Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

Check out Orewa, Matakana, or Snells Beach.

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2. Re: Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

Either Muriwai on the west coast, or Matakana Coast on the eastern coastline. Both are lovely areas of north Auckland.

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3. Re: Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

thanks for your responses so far really helpful!

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4. Re: Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

Ditto DeSchenke's suggestion - Orewa is about 25mins north of Auckland's CBD, and a lovely coastal township to stop - a long beach, flat, lovely restaurants, lovely locals :-)

Another 15mins north (though could be much longer, depending on traffic!) is Warkworth - which is the 'entry' township to Matakana/ Snells Beach/ Leigh and another lovely rural/ wineries/ coastal area.

Both areas do have quite a bit of history

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5. Re: Rotorua to Bay of Island: Where to stop for a day?

Orewa is nice and has plenty of good eating places. There was an awesome pizza restaurant but I think it's gone now. It's close to the motorway so doesn't feel like you have to backtrack too much the next day.

Snell's Beach is nice but much smaller and about half an hour extra for the trip.

Beachcomber Motel in Orewa is nice and quite reasonably priced.

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