Big Chill: What you need to know

04:04, Jun 21 2013


* Updated list of closed state highways

* Marine Drive to Eastbourne to be closed to everyone but residents.

* Wellington airport re-opens, Johnsonville line trains resume.

* Most main routes through the North Island Central Plateau have reopened, but the Desert Rd remains closed.

* NZTA will review whether it will re-open Arthur's Pass between there and Otira at 3pm today.


Know any other roads/services that have been affected by the storm - or have re-opened? Email your newstips to



The Johnsonville line has re-opened but bus replacements are operating on other lines across Wellington's rail network. Bus replacements will run hourly. Because of road conditions and bus availability Metlink advise please expect and plan for delays or make alternative arrangements if travel is urgent. 

Johnsonville Line

Open - trains will run hourly from 12.02pm from Wellington to Johnsonville and 12.32pm from Johnsonville to Wellington.

Kapiti Line

All services are cancelled due to the need for urgent track work. Buses replacements will run hourly starting from 10.14am from Wellington to Waikanae and 10am from Waikanae to Wellington.

Hutt Valley Line

All services are cancelled due to the need for urgent track work. Buses replacements will run hourly starting from 10.05am from Wellington to Upper Hutt and 10am from Upper Hutt to Wellington.

Melling Line

Services between Melling and Petone are cancelled until further notice. There are no bus replacements - please use alternative transport.

Wairarapa Line

All Wairarapa services are replaced by bus until further notice.

Capital Connection

Will be updated for the evening peak later today.

We have now started planning for the evening peak services - at the moment we are planning for half hourly services with definite bus replacements needed on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Petone - will update you as we have more information.

Wellington buses

There will be no Eastbourne buses for the rest of today, no trolley buses until Monday at the earliest, no South Coast buses until further notice and no bus services on routes through Priscilla Crescent.

A decision will be made later today around the running of buses after midnight.

School buses will operate this afternoon for those schools that did open today.


Flights in and out of Wellington resumed at 11.45am today, but travellers are still to advised to check for delays and cancellations. 


Some flights Air New Zealand have be able to land and take off in Wellington but strong winds continued to disrupt operations.

Restrictions on ground operations continue, including a limit on the number of domestic gates able to be used.  One of the two trans-Tasman services scheduled today has left and the other was expected to depart shortly after 4pm.


Air New Zealand jet services are continuing to operate, however, only a small number of Link services are operating.


Air New Zealand jet services are continuing to operate, however, Mt Cook services into and out of Queenstown are operating intermittently where weather permits. The situation remains under ongoing review.

Elsewhere, there are delays across the Air New Zealand network due to the weather conditions across the country. Passengers whose travel plans have been disrupted as a result should consult the arrival and departure information on the Air New Zealand website or call the Air New Zealand Contact Centre on 0800 737 000 for further advice.

Click here to the Air New Zealand website arrivals and departures page.


Interisland ferries cancelled for the day.


Wellington Region

Marine Drive to Eastbourne is to be closed to everyone but residents from the Seaview and Gracefield intersections. It is expected to be opened about 5.30pm.

Cottle Park Rd

Owen Rd

Maungaraki Rd

Port Rd

Marine Dr

Eastern Hutt Rd between Stokes Valley and Silverstream - only under the bridge

The main Wainuiomata Hill Rd is still open, but the on and off ramps from Seaview are closed.

Paekakariki Hill Rd 

Both roads to Makara Village and Makara Beach

Middleton Rd, between Johnsonville and Churton Park.

State highway closures

SH 1 Rangipo to Waiouru (snow)

SH 8 Lindis Pass (snow)

SH 73 Arthurs Pass to Otira (snow)

SH 8 Alexandra to Roxburgh (ice)

SH 73 Porters Pass (snow)

SH 85 Omakau to Palmerston (snow)

SH 94 Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound (rock face stabilisation)

SH 79 Geraldine to Fairlie (snow)

SH 87 Kyeburn to Outram (snow)

SH 8 Burkes Pass (snow)

SH 80 Glentanner to Mt Cook (snow)

SH - caution needed

SH 1 Waiouru to Taihape (snow)

SH 48 Tongariro National Park (snow)

SH 47 Turangi to National Park (snow)

SH 46 Rangipo to Tongariro (snow)

SH 5 Taupo to Napier (snow)

SH 4 and 49 National Park to Waiouru (snow)

SH 8 Milton to Raes Junction (snow)

SH 6 Kingston to Lumsden (snow)

SH 6 Lumsden to Dipton (snow)

SH 1 Waitati to Dunedin (snow)

SH 6 Harihari to Fox Glacier (high winds)

SH 1 Blenheim to Kaikoura (flooding)

SH 6 Queenstown to Kingston (snow)

SH 1 Timaru to Rakaia (flooding)

SH 83 Pukeuri to Duntroon (flooding)

SH 93 Clinton to Mataura (snow)

SH 85 Dunback (washout)

SH 82 Waimate to Hakataramea (flooding)

Marlborough road closures

Marlborough district road closures

South of Ward, the Ure Valley Rd is closed at about 5km inland by a major rockfall

The upper Awatere Valley Road, above the Upcott Saddle, is cut off by snow

Christchurch road closures

Dyers Pass Rd, from the Sign of the Takahe to Governors Bay Rd at Lyttelton Harbour

Waimakariri district road closures

Broad Rd

Lees Valley Rd

Bridge over the Ashley River at Cones Rd

Dunedin road closures

Portobello Rd between Raynbirds and Portobello township

Maungatua Rd

School Rd

Norwood St between Bathunes Gully and North Rd

McIntosh Rd

Ramrock Rd

George King Memorial Dr

Mt Watkin Rd

Blanket Bay Rd

Upper Junction Rd closed to through traffic

Brown St between Rattray St and Elm Row

Queens Dr between City Rd and Stuart St

Castleton St

Precelly St

Hatchery Rd

Henly Rd

Mareburn Rd

Miller Rd

Riverside Rd

Harrington Point Rd detour from Allans Beach Rd to Weir Rd

Mason Rd

Kirkland Rd

Garthmyle Rd

McGrath Rd

Silverstream Valley Rd

Gladfield Rd between School Rd  South and Dukes Rd South

Flagstaff/Whare Flat Rd

Waitati Valley Rd

Central Otago

Dansey Pass

Duffy Lane

Scott Lane


Confirmed Wellington school and playcentre closures:

All kindergartens

Adventure School - advising parents to keep children at home where possible

Aotea College

Avalon Primary

Belmont School

Bishop Viard College

Dyer Street School

Epuni Primary School

Greenacres School

Hampton Hill School

Hutt Central School

Hutt Intermediate

Hutt Valley High School

Island Bay School

Khandallah School

Kimi Ora School, Evans Bay

Kimi Ora School, Naenae

Konini Primary School, Wainuiomata

Koraunui School

Korokoro School

Mana College

Maungaraki Playcentre

Maungaraki School

Muritai School

Naenae Intermediate

Naenae Primary School

Newlands Intermediate

Normandale School

Onslow College

Owhiro Bay School

Papakowhai School

Playhouse early childhood centre, Parliament

Raphael House School

Rata Street School

Rewa Rewa School

Ridgway School

Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt

San Antonio School

Seatoun School

South Wellington Intermediate School

St Bernard's College

St Mary's College

St Oran's College

Stokes Valley Playcentre

Tairangi School

Tawa Intermediate

Totara Park Playcentre

Wainuiomata Playcentre

Waterloo School

Wellesley College

Wellington East Girl's College

Worser Bay School

Schools reported closed on social media, but unconfirmed:

Eastern Hutt School

Gracefield School

Newlands College

Newlands Primary School

Our Lady of the Rosary School

Pauatahanui School

Pukerua Bay School

Rangikura School

Tawa College

Tawa School

Windley School

Cardinal McKeefry School in Wilton, Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Thorndon and Sacred Heart Primary School, Petone were advising parents to use their discretion in sending their children to school today.

The Wellington Girl's College Open Day was also cancelled, but was open for classes as normal. Rongotai College's Rongotai Experience scheduled today for its Year 8 students would be postponed. 

Central North Island schools:

Waiouru School in Ruapehu district

Canterbury schools confirmed:

Cashmere Primary School

Governors Bay School

St Martins School

Hanmer Springs School - Hurunui district

Waiau School - Hurunui

Oxford Area School - Waimakariri district

Mt Somers Springburn School - Waimakariri

Darfield High School - Selwyn district

Darfield Primary School - Selwyn

Ellesmere College - Selwyn

Leeston schools remain closed because of Thursday's flooding.

Otago/Southland schools confirmed:

Waitaki Girls' High School, Oamaru - Waitaki district

Maniototo Area School, Ranfurly - Central Otago district

Central Southland College, Winton - Southland district

Northern Southland College, Lumsden - Southland

Gore High School - Gore district

School activities

Canterbury: Secondary school basketball is cancelled for evening of Friday 21 June