When I arrive in New Zealand in the middle of November, I want to head directly from Auckland to Paihia to go to the Bay of Islands. I was looking at the Fuller’s Cream Tour which seemed nice (a full day on the boat). The potential problem is that I have a tight connection in Auckland. My flight from Sydney would arrive at 5:25 PM, and the last flight to Kerikeri Airport (for Paihia) leaves Auckland at 7:35 PM. Unfortunately, they are different airlines.
Obviously, significant delays are unpredictable. But would booking this 2-hour and 10-minute connection be foolish? Or is it entirely feasible (barring any significant delay)?
The safer option would be to just go directly into Auckland city and do a full day tour leaving from Auckland and going to the Bay of Islands and back in the same day. But this is less desirable as it is a lot of road time and less time on the boat.