Four of us will self-drive a mid-December day trip Q'town to Milford Sound (we've read all the cautions about self-drive). Would appreciate advice on:
1) If a Friday in high tourist season is our only possible day, can we still wait until Te Anau or even Milford to reserve in order to maximize flexibility on the scenic road, if hoping for a small boat?
2) We're told aiming for a ca. 1:50pm Mitre Peak cruise would put most tour coaches & other traffic ahead of us- can experts confirm?
3) Have also been told mobile phones have no reception along Milford Road and at Milford Sound- true?
Thanks for all the excellent advice on this forum. It's a big help for first-time NZ visitors!