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Driving quesitons for New Zealand in the Winter

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We are trying to understand driving in the winter (specifically late August) in New Zealand. Two questions:

1. What is the drive like between Queenstown and Te Anau? How dangerous would it be (if at all) in mid-August?

2. What is the drive like from Wellington to Rotorua? Is there anything of interest to see? Is it a fairly easy/flat/straight drive, or is it difficult to drive? Are there places to stop and rest along the way?

Thank you

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