Snow on the turf almost turned normal hockey to ice hockey in Taranaki on Thursday night.
The white stuff started falling about 7.30pm in Stratford and Midhirst and there were reports of flakes falling in parts of New Plymouth and Hawera as well.
TET Multisports Centre manager Grant Best said the snow was a nice surprise.
"I don't know if it was a nice surprise for the hockey players though."
Stratford High School and Francis Douglas Memorial College played on, despite the snow blanketing the turf.
"They were frozen by the time they came in," Best said.
He said there was hail and then thunder and lightning before the snow arrived and kept falling for about half an hour.
He said the snow had made a picturesque backdrop for people dining at the Stadium Restaurant & Bar that night.
"It was pretty pathetic compared to what we had three years ago though - that was half a metre deep."
But the little snow that did fall was enough to scrape together for a snowman.
Stratford's Katherine Haughey said her daughter Teryn, 9, had been so excited about the snow she had let her out to play in it.
"I knew I wasn't going to be able to calm her down enough to go to bed until she had been out in it so I figured why not let her have some fun in case it was melted by the next day . . . She had a blast."
Neither Metservice nor Niwa had information on how much snow fell.
- Taranaki Daily News
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