Travel disrupted by weather

Last updated 11:34 17/04/2014

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Auckland Airport has been disrupted by the weather and high winds that has caused three domestic flights to be cancelled and 17 flights to be delayed.

A flight from Narita, Japan was diverted from Auckland to Wellington this morning due to stormy weather. The flight was scheduled to depart to Auckland at 12.45pm. 

Wellington Airport spokeswoman Briarley Kirk said Wellington weather had not affected any flights today.


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Passengers are advised to keep a close eye on the airport's website for updates.

FERRY SERVICES DISRUPTED

High winds and rising seas are causing Interislander ferry delays and cancellations.  

There would be significant delays and slow crossings throughout the day on all ferries, KiwiRail spokeswoman Helen Corrigan said.

Sailings will likely be cancelled, and customers should monitor the Interislander timetable, she said.

Affected customers would be contacted directly.

Bluebridge communications manager Wendy Pannett said the Straitsman earlier had difficulty berthing because of high winds. 

The Santa Regina was also running a couple of hours late.

Bluebridge was not anticipating any cancellations.

Alex Chong of Porirua was on the Straitsman's 3.30am sailing from Wellington to Picton.

He said when the ferry reached Picton, it was unable to berth. 

"All the boat did was go round and rounds the islands from 6.30am until 12 o'clock," he said.

"Three truckies on board said it was the worst sailing they've ever been on, and truckies are on it almost every day."

Bluebridge staff checked on passengers and handed out cups of ice for passengers to put under their tongues to help with seasickness, he said.

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC

Transport officials are warning drivers to be careful on sodden roads as they head away for their Easter break today.

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