Snow has fallen in Christchurch and Dunedin, disrupting travel on both islands, while high winds have caused power lines to crash in the north.
Temperatures dropped overnight in the South Island as a blast of cold weather moved north, bringing show showers in many areas.
Further south, State Highway 1 between Dunedin and Waitati is closed. SH87 is closed between Middlemarch and Outram.
Driving in Dunedin was treacherous, buses in the hilly suburbs were canceled and schools started the day late. Police advised motorists not to travel in the hilly suburbs of the city due to the icy conditions.
Snow fell on New Brighton beach at sea level, covering the sand white after pouring.
Snow falls to sea level in parts of North Canterbury, including Christchurch!
⛄ One of our meteorologists woke up to this view in Rolleston
❄ Make sure to follow all updates from @NZTA on roads that are closed or affected by snow
ℹ https://t.co/hnwmGxCYeR pic.twitter.com/29cxYyJAWZ
— MetService (@MetService) September 5, 2022
To the north, the Desert Road was closed between Waiouru and Rangipō, and the Napier-Taup Road (SH5) was also closed.
There were snow flurries on Transmission Gully (SH1) north of Wellington, and also reported in the Wellington Hill suburb of Brooklyn. Snow showers were expected until 10 a.m. on the Remutaka Hill Road between Wellington and Wairarapa.
MetService has forecast heavy rain and strong to gale force winds in Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Taupō and Taihape.
CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND – ROADS CLOSED – 6:30 AM
Due to snowfall at night both #SH5 – between Taupo and Napier – and #SH1 (Desert Rd) between Rangipo and Waiouru – are CLOSED. Please postpone your trip. https://t.co/QPPc6I0uKu ^TP pic.twitter.com/8GfnvL6gD6
— Waka Kotahi NZTA Waikato/BoP (@WakaKotahiWaiBP) September 5, 2022
Due to the wild weather, hundreds of people were without power on the Noordereiland.
In Hawera, the wind caused the pipes to come down, providing power to 135 households.
In Morrinsville, 121 households were without power due to fallen trees.
Fallen trees also laid out the power lines on SH1 south of Kaitaia and about 500 people were without power.