Heavy snow was still falling at Lake Hayes Estate about 7.30am

People are being urged to take extreme care on the roads as wintery weather causes havoc around Queenstown.

Heavy snow fell overnight and this morning around the district.

A truck was blocking the road near Lake Hayes for a few hours this morning, but has now been moved.

Traffic is still backed up to Lake Hayes.

There are also reports of several crashes around the district as icy roads make for treacherous driving conditions.

None of the incidents resulted in serious injuries.

One person suffered minor injuries following a three-car collision at Banbury Terrace, Lower Shotover.

A car crashed into a parked vehicle on Weaver St in Queenstown, with no major damage or injuries reported.

A two car crash also occurred on Dart Place, Fernhill.

The road remained open while the vehicles were moved.

Police have also received a number of calls about ice on the roads around the district.

Wakatipu High School, Queenstown Primary and Shotover Primary are closed for today.

All other schools in the Wakatipu Basin have a delayed start until 10:30am.

The Crown Range is closed due to heavy snow.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council says

the Kawarau Gorge is open, but extreme care must be taken.

Chains must be carried on Malaghans Road, Arthurs Point to Queenstown, Fernhill, and between Cardrona and Wanaka.

There have also been reports of black ice on Glenorchy Road.

Some bus services have also been affected, with the Arrowtown to Arthurs Point, Jacks Point to Lake Hayes, and Kelvin Heights to Frankton Flats routes not running due to dangerous road conditions.

According to MetService, morning snow showers are set to turn to sleety showers later in the day.