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Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

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Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

We are spending ten days in early Sept in NZ South Island. Flying into Queenstown, driving to Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo then Dunedin and back to Queenstown. I understand that it might still snow in September. Are we likely to need snow chains? Have never been in the snow before. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Julie & George (Newcastle, Australia)

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1. Re: Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

No. It is very unlikely there will be snow on the roads in September.

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2. Re: Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

Agree

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3. Re: Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

I would still check with the rental car agency on arrival in NZ. There can always be an unusual southerly blast, but it is not worth stressing about something that cannot be predicted this far ahead.

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4. Re: Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

Thanks heaps, looks like you're a local so will take your word for it. Spending a night in Wanaka too. Can't wait!

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5. Re: Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

Wanaka is very worth spending a night in! September is a lovely time to visit as there is still snow on the mountains, but often trees and the hills are starting to green up. This means there is a contrast in colour.

6. Re: Do I need snow chains for travel to Mt Cook in early Sept?

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