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South Island highway summary in aftermath of snow and ice


13 July 2017 | SOUTHERN REGION

South Island highway summary in aftermath of snow and ice 10.45 am Thursday – Lindis and Lewis Passes have reopened

The NZ Transport Agency advises all South Island road travellers to check the Traffic and Travel website and the map showing area warnings and highway closures for highway updates before heading out today.

• The Lewis Pass (SH7) has just reopened and the Lindis Pass (SH8) reopened earlier today.

Ice remains a risk in many places so people need to drive to the conditions, slowly, and be prepared for delays.

Southland highways are all open currently but people are advised to take care in many places due to icy conditions. In Otago Palmerston to Kyeburn, SH85, remains closed.

Key passes

The Lindis Pass (SH8, Omarama to Tarras) has reopened, but chains are essential.

The Lewis Pass has just reopened around 10.40 am.

Porters Pass/ SH73, Springfield to Arthur’s Pass, (Canterbury side) will remain closed until 2 pm at this stage. Arthur’s Pass to Otira (SH73 West Coast side) is also closed with an update at 11 am.

Kaikoura access

SH1 south of Kaikoura is open until 6 pm tonight and is weather dependent. Route 70 via Waiau and Mt Lyford remains closed with crews working hard in the snow through the inland road to get the road open.

How to stay up to date:


• Important information is also shared via the Transport Agency’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts listed here https://www.nzta.govt.nz/contact-us/connect-with-us/

• Find safe winter driving tips at www.nzta.govt.nz/winterjourneys

• If you live in Queenstown Lakes District, or travel to and from Queenstown, sign up for QLDC’s winter road reports here.

• Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can provide them with traffic and travel information either before they’re travelling or when they’re on the road, safely parked off the highway.

• MetService road snowfall warnings here.

• extended weather forecast for all areas of New Zealand this week here.

• MetService severe weather warnings here.


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