Firstly, I should explain that I first visited NZ some 28 years ago, and recently I returned to the north island for 10 days in March this year, just loved the beaches, wineries, cafes, etc. (Most sightseeing we did years ago). Enjoyed East Cape, Forgotten Highway & Coramandel Peninsula.
Now we have just booked another trip to the south island ln the last 2 weeks of November. Because we missed out on certain places 28 years ago, we now want to see those attractions, eg. Milford Sound, Catlins, Dunedin, Abel Tasman Nat.Park, etc.
We have arranged a rental car (small) for our needs, and prebooked our accommodation for another 10 day trip.
Zapper I read & saved your condensed travel ideas for Milford Sound (great reading). We are staying at Te Anau for 2 nights, and I've booked a morning cruise at Milford Sound (11am-12:40pm?) but not transport to & from Te Anau.
My question is....."In late December, is it safe to drive on the Milford Road, in regard to snow & ice? (I guess this if like trying to pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup). You also mentioned that is safer not to leave your car at the public car park, near the Pub, why?
I'm happy driving along narrow winding roads, and through mountain passes (eg. Homer Tunnel). We would leave Te Anau around 7:45am, allowing ourselves time for the journey & stops.
We also intend to spend the remainder of the day, after the cruise slowly driving back along the Milford Road, and some bush walks.
Would we be better off, getting a coach from Te Anau?
Any advice is most appreciated.