My parents and I are planning to drive from Christchurch to Greymouth via Arthur's Pass in mid-November after completing North Island. We were told that the drive along the Pass is breathtaking. What is the general road condition be like at this time of the year? None of us has any experience driving on icy road or using tyre chain. Would it be more advisable to change route to Picton -> Nelson -> Greymouth instead?
Thanks in advance.