Central Otago woke up to an early spring snow dump this morning, with the white stuff visible across the Wakatipu Basin.
Glenorchy has seen heavy snow, while flurries are light in Queenstown and on the Lindis Pass.
Vision captured by 1 NEWS in Arrowtown shows a heavy blanket of snow.
Nineteen flights, both domestic and international, have been cancelled at Queenstown Airport, although it remains open.
All schools in the Wakatipu Basin are closed.
Power outages caused by snow-loaded tree branches have been reported in Glenorchy, Te Anau, Queenstown, Franktown, Arrowtown and Dalefield.
"Power will be restored as quickly as is safely possible but extreme conditions are hampering our response," an Aurora Energy spokesperson said.
A spokesperson from Metservice has told 1 NEWS of heavy snow fall in the Crown Ranges, with many campervans being snowed in.
Cardrona Ski Field has had 35 centimetres of snow this morning and counting. However, graders have been unable to clear the road in time for opening today.
"Where the snow hasn't fallen, water has. A lot of it," the Queenstown Lakes District Council warned this morning.
"We've got roads affected by surface water from all the rain so watch out for flooding and ponding wherever you're headed today."
Trust Power is reporting an outage in Frankton as a result of the weather.
Motorists heading over the Crown Range today will need to bring chains with them.
Images from viewers also show thick coats of snow in Arrowtown and Te Anau.
SH94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound is closed due to a high avalanche risk.
The road will be closed for some time due to snow and fallen trees.
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