I am planning a trip to New Zealand south island in late August. I have been there before in summer so I am mainly looking for advise that is Winter specific.
1) how is the driving like in Winter? Will be driving from Christchurch -> Greymouth -> Haast pass -> queenstown -> Mt Cook -> christchurch.
2) Is the road from Te anau to milford sound easy to drive in winter? I heard that is the only road that requries chain. I have never driven with chains.
3) Is the sand flies active in Winter?
Should I go to the northern part of South island? That is the only part which I did not visit on the earlier trip.
Any good accomodation recommendations? I am looking for 2 bedroom apartments for a party of 4 adults and one baby.
thanks for any help