Hello experts... we two mature guys have a gap of 4 days from our stay in Porirua before we have a booking in Napier... from Dec 30, 2017 to Jan 03, 2018 (so New Year's Eve to consider). We will take Intercity bus, but want to either stop somewhere like Palmerston North mid way to break up the long bus ride. Do you recommend any other bus stop towns that are unique mid way to Napier? Otherwise, it might be best to stay in Wellington area for New Year's.
Also, we do not drive, but will be in Auckland most of February 2018, and want to arrange good bus tours to the Northland scenes... maybe several separate day trips or an overnight. Any recommendations for reliable tour agencies or bus tours in the North will be great. Thanks in advance for all your good Kiwi wisdom.