Transport shut down by storm


If you’re wanting to leave Nelson within the next few days, you may be stopped in your tracks thanks to the wild storm ripping up the country.

While Nelson remains in a pocket of sunshine, a large part of the country are doing it tough in a persisting weather bomb that has shut down some transport services and routes.

The Interislander and Bluebridge ferry services are the latest casualties, announcing this morning that sailings have been cancelled for the next three days due to dangerous monster swells.

Neither service will be taking bookings until Saturday.

Flights in and out of Nelson are also experiencing delays with several trips to or from Auckland and Wellington being delayed or cancelled.

The Lewis and Arthus Pass are closed but local highways and roads remain open.

While Canterbury has been hit the hardest with 167 kmh hurricane force winds, snow is also falling in Wellington, the North Island are expecting 4m swells, a Milford Sound building has been hit by a landslide, and two people have been injured in Tai Tapu after a tree came down.

Snow has fallen across Otago, Canterbury and parts of the North Island causing a number of road closures including the Desert and Rimutaka Hill Rds.

MetService forecaster Peter Little told NZ Herald that today will be a bitterly cold day for most of the country today.

However the storm is likely to ease over the weekend.


– Story with NZ Herald