Ice danger warnings – schools closed again


Wakatipu schools are closed today (Wednesday) - for the third day running – except for Arrowtown Primary which opens at 10am.

Queenstown Airport is open and flights have resumed this morning.

Snow stopped falling in Queenstown by yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) but the unprecedented dump has now created treacherous conditions.

Wakatipu residents are being warned to take extra care on slick, frozen roads today (Wednesday) as the snow thaw begins. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council staff have been clearing roads and footpaths but saturated and thawing surfaces have frozen overnight. 

Council transport boss Denis Mander said in a statement last night:

“People may be tempted to venture out in the morning but it is likely we could see frozen roads across the district and region. Extreme care is likely to still be the order of the day.” 

Mander urges residents to check on neighbours, particularly older citizens and young families to ensure they’re warm and have supplies. 

“Assistance may also be appreciated for private driveway and footpath clearance, which should be done before the snow freezes.”

Roads are hazardous today throughout Otago with patches of extreme ice. 

The highway between Frankton and Kingston is open with chains required on the Crown Range Road and other ski areas.

Council has started to clear secondary roads which will continue today if there’s no more snow.

The Lindis Pass is closed – this will be reviewed at 10am today. 

The Winter Games’ freeski halfpipe event at Cardrona will have a delayed start to allow the athletes a longer practise session. Heats will now start at 10.45am this morning (Wednesday) with finals expected to start from 2pm.