Early-season snow show brings cameras out down south
Grab your coats, people - winter's arrived early.
The first Antarctic blast of the year has brought snow to the South Island, and even dusted the Orongorongos overlooking Wellington on Saturday.
Stuff's intrepid readers were quick to whip out their smartphones and document the weather at their place - here's a selection of their pics and videos. Cuteness warning: happy kids and pets ahead.
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Issy Cleaver tries out her new skis.
Not the best day for drying washing at Jack's Point.
Tyla, left, and Steph Scherger save a pretty pink scarf for their snowman/snowlady in Arrowtown.
Mt Grand Reservoir, Dunedin, is a pre-winter wonderland.
Might be time to put the barbie into storage in Dunedin.
Snow on the Orongorongos, with an Air New Zealand plane flying in over Wellington's Evan's Bay.
Daniel McCleave, aged 4.5, is king of the castle in Naseby.
Lee and Eddie Saunders (Eddie 2.5 years, Lee's age undisclosed) celebrate Eddie's very handsome first snowman.
Tyler Mason, 8, of Lake Hayes shows what Kiwi kids are made of - stainless steel on the soles of their feet, apparently.
It's not just snowy down south ... Ruapehu got the good stuff too.
Naseby glows in the morning sun.
Maya, 13 months, samples a fistful of the white stuff.
Arrowtown's Lucy Madafiglio, 11, swaps Saturday netball for Saturday snow-watching.
Duncan Proctor (yes, really) surveys the scene at the lakefront in Cromwell.
Ella Stuart, 9, Grace Stuart, 7, and Charlie the neighbour's dog make a snowman (dad may have helped).
In a hurry? Too bad - it'll take a while for the defrost function to kick in at Jack's Point, Queenstown.
The "Queenstown Hilton" at 9.30 this morning - ducks unimpressed by the facilities.
Arrowtown resident Mojito got a bit of a shock this morning.
Morgan Chamberlain, 4, opts for a chilled breakfast in Cromwell.
The "Donegal Street kids" get their snow on in Cromwell: Hunter Knox, 7, Asher Knox, 5, Jordan Knox, 1, Travis Chamberlain, 6, and Morgan Chamberlain, 4.
Pretty window? Check. Snowy forest? Check. Flowers on windowsill? Check. Can we all get a ticket to Sharyn's place in Bannockburn?
A stunning sunrise in Bannockburn.
Albert Town's Hikuwai Reserve with a picturesque dusting of snow on Saturday morning.
The Mills family in Arrowtown: "We're new to Queenstown and our son, Hunter and our cats haven't seen snow like this before!"
Super-cute Hunter gets to pose with dad, too.
Kingston's Jasper the dog wonders why he's standing outside in the freezing cold when there's a perfectly good woodburner and blanket inside.
The scene in St Arnaud, Tasman early on Saturday - we're guessing that motorist headed directly to the nearest cafe after this pic was taken.
The Argyle family kick off the weekend with a snowball fight in Queenstown.
Jasper (mark II, no relation) takes an early walk in Queenstown ... and wishes he'd invested in some doggy gumboots.
Even the car is grateful to have some shelter in Arrowtown.
Cromwell's Travis Chamberlain, 6, is tough enough to handle the snow in his PJs.
Maddy Familton woke up to a picture-perfect garden in Arrowtown.
Snow blankets the ground in Ranfurly.
The best place to be in Cromwell: next to a warm house with a hot cuppa in hand.