I am a Wellingtonian but haven't really explored the North Island (since I was a small child anyway!).
We recently had to cancel an exciting family trip overseas we had planned for July, so now are planing to do two weeks in the North Island instead. Of course this is all contingent on local travel still being viable then. We want to stay a week or so in Ohakune and then probably in Turangi for another week or so.
Firstly I wanted to ask your advice about Ohakune. Our kids are 6 and 3. We're wondering if a whole week is too long to stay with kids in Ohakune. We aren't skiers but will play in the snow. Other than that and the carrot playground, is there much to keep younger kids occupied? They'll be keen to do walks and that sort of thing. We also want to have some nice dinners out.
Secondly, should we stay another week in just Turangi (friend has a bach there) and do all the trout fishing stuff and some walks etc, or should we just stay there a couple of days and then hit up Rotorua?
Has anyone done a longer spell of a full week in either place, in the Winter, with kids and what would your advice be for kids' stuff to do and how to split this time (two weeks) between towns?
Thanks and stay safe everyone.