My wife and I are planning to fly in to Christchurch in late July-early August and are considering renting a car to take in some of the sights. My question is whether most of the better sites will be accessible at that time of year or are likely to be closed due to snow and ice conditions.
You can access most areas during the winter. Unless there is a severe storm, that closes roads. But that is often localised so you can still find somewhere to go. You do have to be careful anyway, of ice on the road. Your rental company will advise you, and be sure to tune in to radio stations for reports.
The mountains are gorgeous this time of year so you will see some lovely sites. Have a great trip!
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