Fog hits airports as Wellington clears

20:47, Feb 20 2014
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog surrounds the East by West ferry as it arrives at Eastbourne this morning.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Days Bay shrouded in fog about 6.45am today.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog in the streets of Kilbirnie.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog along Wellington Road, Kilbirnie.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog along Jervois Quay, Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Heavy fog as viewed from Aitken St, Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Looking down towards Miramar and Scots College... apparently.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Looking towards Aotea Quay and the city.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
A Kingston street covered in fog.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Not much to see up in Khandallah.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
The Majestic Centre, Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Victoria University's Hunter building.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Wellington's Cable Car descends into fog towards Lambton Quay.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Marsden Village, Karori.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Heavy fog in Karori.
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The fog rolling in over Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
A tourist shoots a photo of the fog over Wellington from Brooklyn hill.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog from Brooklyn hill.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog from Brooklyn hill.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
Fog begins to clear away from the Wellington.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
This photo was taken overlooking Wellington, from the last flight to leave Wellington yesterday, to Nelson.
Fog in Wellington, February 21
A Bluebridge ferry comes into a very foggy Wellington Harbour.
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Taken from Oriental Bay.
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Stand-up paddle boarders at Steeple Rock.

Fog in Christchurch and Palmerston North has delayed or cancelled flights, just as they have resumed in the capital.

Fog in Wellington yesterday created havoc for flights around the country and only lifted about lunchtime. Parts of the capital were hit again this morning but the airport remained operational.

But in Christchurch more than 20 flights were delayed or cancelled by fog, while flights were also affected in Palmerston North.

Sixteen flights from Christchurch to or from Blenheim, Hokitika, Palmerston North, Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Napier and Dunedin were delayed and six more cancelled to or from Nelson, Invercargill and Hamilton.

Christchurch Airport spokeswoman Yvonne Densem said some flights were still arriving and departing.

"The regional airlines are having issues all over the country ... part of that is because of the weather condition in other areas," she said.

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Passengers were advised to check flight details on the Christchurch Airport website or directly with their airlines.

In Palmerston North, the Air New Zealand website showed a 7.30am flight to Wellington and a 9.50am flight to Auckland had been cancelled.

A plane from Nelson, due to land at 8.25am, and a flight from Auckland due at 9.25am had also been cancelled, and several other flights had been delayed, including a 6.45am flight to Auckland and a 7.05am flight to Christchurch.

Palmerston North airport chief executive Darin Cusack referred inquiries to Air New Zealand, but said he believed the fog was starting to lift.

Wellington Airport has kept clear of the clouds this morning allowing flights to resume, but Karori and some other hilly suburbs remained in the thick of the fog.

A Wellington Airport spokeswoman said passengers were still being asked to check flight details today as the disruptions had created a backlog but on the whole flights were running as normal.

MetService duty forecaster Liz Walsh said a northerly wind would strengthen around Wellington throughout today, shifting any low cloud still hanging around the city.

The wind was part of a front approaching the West Coast of the South Island that would move up towards Wellington tomorrow.

While Wellington was shaking off the thick fog, many other parts of the country woke up to it this morning, including the east coast of the South Island parts of Whanganui and Manawatu. 

 

- Fairfax NZ