Our original plan was
Auckland 5 nights (April 6-11)
Rotorua 3 nights (April 11-14)
Wellington 2 nights (April 15-16)
To make things more complicated, we booked the 3 nights in Rotorua prepaid/non-refundable/non-changeable between April 11 to April 14.
Now with the extra 6 nights and non changeable reservation in Rotorua, I am a little bit lost and would like suggestions on revising the itinerary.
If I try to keep the Rotorua reservation and not waste the money (US$514.80 for 3 nights and 2 rooms April 11-14, let me know if someone is interested in taking over), what are the options for me to plan for the extra 3 nights (April 8-10)?
Should I spend the extra 3 nights in Rotorua and add more day trips from here?
Should I spend somewhere between Auckland to Rotorua?
Should I explore Taupo area but base our stay in Rotorua?
The difficult part is that with the extra 3 nights, I would rather spend in Wellington, or Napier area...but with the non-changeable Rotorua hotel reservation, not only I have a long drive from Rotorua to Wellington but also too many days in Rotorua but not enough time in Wellington.
Maybe I should just take my loss and rearrange my trip?
Maybe some other options I am not aware of?