The rain couldn't keep away from the parade up North but things are looking more pleasant down South

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS



Around 360 Glenorchy homes still without power 48 hours after early spring snowfall

The Glenorchy township in Central Otago is still without power 48 hours after a spring snowfall caused major disruptions in the deep south.

Around 360 households have been affected.

Aurora Energy is hoping to have power restored to the area by this evening.

Around 360 households in the central Otago town are affected, with Aurora Energy hoping to have electricity back on by this evening. Source: Breakfast

In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS


Readers' photo gallery: Early spring snow continues to wreak havoc in South Island

Snow warnings are in place, a section of State Highway 94 has been closed and households across central Otago remain without power as wild weather continues to batter the South Island this morning.

Fox Peak Ski Area near Fairlie was looking at a season without much snow, until last night. Source: 1 NEWS

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Around 500 households also remain without power across central Otago, including all of Glenorchy, Lower Shotover, Speargrass Flat, Arthurs Point, Alexandra, Tarras, Dalefield and Frankton.

Aurora is working to have power restored to the affected homes as soon as possible but it will take time to due to damaged power lines.

Usually snow is a good thing for a ski field, but it couldn’t clear the roads fast enough to open this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

Arrowtown. Source: Jesse Van Grinsven

Meanwhile, SH94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound has been closed this morning due to a high avalanche risk.

Queenstown. Source: Thomas Martin

An early spring dump of snow fell on Te Anau overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Alana Pullar

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Arrowtown. Source: Jess Van Grinsven

A heavy snow warning is in place on the Lindis Pass (SH8 Tarras to Omarama).

A snow warning remains in place for Crown Range Road, where up to an extra 3 centimetres of snow was expected overnight.

The Ministry of Education said they are unaware of any early childhood centres or school closures today.

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Source: James Penwell

Bridesdale Queenstown. Source: Kate Tonks

Te Anau. Source: Phillip Robertson

Snow on the Crown Range. Source: NZTA

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In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS

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Over 1400 properties set to be without power overnight as Wakatipu region reels under Spring snow dump

More than 1400 properties are set to be without power in the Wakatipu area overnight after heavy snowfalls knocked down powerlines.

Aurora Energy says extreme weather conditions and difficulty of access is hampering restoration of power to affected customers, but power has been restored to more than 3000 customers during the course of the day.

Power remains out for 1436 people after heavy snowfall and the company says affected customers should prepare to be without power overnight. 

Areas affected are Fernhill, Lake Hayes and Gibbston Valley, Speargrass Flat and Lower Shotover,  Glenorchy, Dalefield and Queenstown's Littles Road.

Snow on the Crown Range. Source: NZTA

Line crews are working hard to restore power in challenging conditions as off road conditions are treacherous and tracks are hidden and very slippery, an Aurora spokesperson said this evening. 

Crews are still on site at Arrowtown, Dalefield, Queenstown and Frankton to repair faults caused by snow-load on trees and branches.

The safety of the public and line crews is of utmost importance at all times, the spokesperson said.

The public is being reminded to keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times.

Arrowtown woke up to a thick blanket of snow as winter had one last blast for Otago.
Source: 1 NEWS


Kiwi family's holiday takes terrifying turn as they're caught up in Typhoon Mangkhut

A relaxing holiday has taken a terrifying turn for a group of New Zealanders caught up in Typhoon Mangkhut.

Amy Boswell-Hore is on holiday in Hong Kong with her family, including her younger sister Meg, who is recovering from a recent bout of chemotherapy.

Her family is staying at the Disneyland Hollywood hotel, and was trapped indoors for a full day.

From left to right: Marilyn, Meg, Richard and Amy Boswell-Hore. Source: Supplied

Speaking to 1 NEWS about the experience, Amy said the noise from the storm was "insane".

"They were barricading doors with sandbags, tying the handles together with zip ties which was a little bit scary," she said.

Amy said the winds were so strong that trees were being thrown around.

"We went outside earlier to see what it was like and these big huge trees had fallen over they were covering pathways and all sorts."

She said it was the first time she's been forced to stay inside due to extreme weather.

"We saw the occasional maintenance person go outside and check on things, and they were almost getting picked up because the wind was so strong".

While Hong Kong's Disneyland is closed today, Amy says the family plans to make the trip out sometime tomorrow.

The typhoon made landfall on the coast of Jiangmen City in Guangdong on Sunday. Source: Associated Press