We will be on the South Island from May 25-June 2nd, during which time we'll be making a meandering trip from Queenstown to Christchurch. I plan to take a few of the mountain passes along the way (Haast, Lindis, hopefully Crown Range, possibly Arthur's), and we'll spend a decent amount of time on the road.
I know weather that time is highly variable - could be a decent amount of snow, could be none. Due to the steep gradients here and there, as well as my own preference, I plan to get a car with a reasonably-sized engine. I'm wondering, however, if it's recommended to get an AWD or 4WD vehicle? I'm seeing quotes of around 34-40 NZD/day for a Camry/Lancer/etc, and 75 NZD/day for a Subaru Outback. Is it worth the price jump to get the AWD? It's within my budget if necessary, but I'd just as soon use the money elsewhere if it's a total waste.
Thanks!Edited: 15 May 2014, 04:13