Flights resume, ice covers roads


Flights have resumed into Queenstown Airport.

Hundreds of people have been delayed as flights in and out of Queenstown were cancelled this morning.

The airport company said at midday flight operations had resumed – but delays are expected.

Conditions on the Wakatipu Basin’s roads are easing but the council warns there’s packed snow and ice on Queenstown Hill and in Dalefield.

Extreme care’s required on Dalefield Road, which has been gritted.

Ice and grit coat many roads, the council says: in Fernhill, Arthur’s Point, Gorge Rd, Kelvin Heights, Glenorchy Rd, Frankton, Crown Range, Cardrona, Lake Hayes Estate, Quail Rise, Malaghans Rd, Queenstown’s central business district, Arrowtown and Arrow Junction.

Comms guy Andy Tebay says in an emailed update: Ice can be expected through the day with the low temperatures. Chains should be carried if venturing into the hill suburbs.”

Earlier today, there were unconfirmed reports of minor prangs near Lake Hayes.

Ballarat Street was closed last night after it became a skating rink last night for four vehicles.

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