Hi all. I'm visiting my uncle in auckland in a couple months time and I'd like to spend a bit of time seeing the country. I'd love to take that ferry across the cook strait from Wellington and head down to check out milford sound and fjordland and Dunedin all that stuff. But I'm also keen on staying on the north island for a while to visit places like rotorua and hamilton.
I'll be in new zealand for a total of 17 days and around 5 days in auckland. Is one island better than the other when it comes to attractions and cities and things to do and if so, which island should I spend more time exploring? how should I divide my time? I'd really appreciate any suggestions or tips on special places to see. I only know about the main toursit-ridden spots.
thanks in advance